Safety and Security Measures in Our Schools
The safety and protection of our students and staff is our top priority. Every day in our schools, we strive to educate our students in the safest environment possible. Within our schools and at school events, we do our best to keep our students, staff and visitors safe. Emergency plans are in place at each one of our buildings.
Additionally, our practice drills held each year (5 lock down drills, 5 fire drills, 1 tornado drill), combined with our partnership with Shakopee Police and Fire Departments, contribute greatly to our efforts to keep our students safe while in our buildings.
Additionally, the voter-approved referendum in 2015 set aside funding for safety and security improvements across the district. Here are some of the measures already in place:
ALICE: Shakopee Public Schools implemented A.L.I.C.E. in the 2016-17 school year. A.L.I.C.E. is a lockdown procedure, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. The A.L.I.C.E. protocol empowers all of our teachers to get students away from danger following certain guidelines. Click here to review our A.L.I.C.E. training video. Over the summer, leading up to the start of the 2016-17 school year, building staff participated in extensive training to include the following: reviewing the ALICE video, holding drills and staff meetings to provide opportunities to ask questions. At a minimum, our staff reviews ALICE protocols yearly, preferably over the summer when all teachers report back to work. As a district, we will continue to monitor and evaluate all of our safety/emergency drills, reflect and debrief to continually improve. In the fall of 2018, we reviewed our training with more than 1,000 of our staff via both an online training course and in-person training at our schools.
LobbyGuard: In the 2016-17 school year, the district rolled out LobbyGuard as a pilot program in three buildings (East Middle School, Central Family Center and Jackson Elementary). Lobby Guard allows school leadership to track who’s visiting our schools. It is a visitor management system that cross-references the national sex offender registry list. The district expanded the program across the district, to include all schools, in the 2017-18 school year.
Security cameras: Security cameras are installed in heavily used hallways, corridors, as well as entrances/exits in Shakopee schools. More than 600 cameras are installed throughout the district.
Door Access: In the 2017-18 school year, Shakopee schools upgraded to a more user-friendly control system that allows our Buildings and Grounds Department to schedule when doors (with card readers) are locked/unlocked.
Lockdown Card Reader System: As of the 2018-19 school year, Shakopee Public Schools implemented a new card reader system in which the cardholder has the ability to lock down buildings automatically. Once the card scans, the system can lock exterior doors (that have card readers), in the event of an emergency.
We make school safety our top priority and will continue to be proactive in maintaining a safe and secure school environment.