District 622 Emergency Planning & Preparedness
The North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District takes the safety and security of its students and staff very seriously. Developing and maintaining a safe school environment is the responsibility of the entire school community. Careful planning, practice and effective response are key components to the School District’s crisis policies and procedures.
Emergency Response Teams
To most effectively respond to an emergency situation, the District has established School Emergency Response Teams at each of its buildings. In addition, there is an established District Level Emergency Response Team, which meets on a regular basis to review safety needs, plan for emergencies and identify district and school emergency management priorities.
The district response team develops the school emergency plan with local community response agencies. The district response team also assists building response teams with planning, training and drills to ensure compliance with state drill requirements and continuity of planning. The team may also perform incident command functions typically reserved for district-level response such as public information, finance or behavioral health crisis intervention.
District response team members include key school district administrators and staff. Each member of the response teams has completed Incident Command System (ICS) – 100 which is a systematic tool used for the command, control, and coordination of emergency response.
The School District has a comprehensive crisis response plan, which includes procedures that are researched and based on best-practice. These procedures help ensure all of District 622’s schools and facilities are prepared to handle emergency situations that may arise.
The emergency procedures are reviewed on an annual basis and updated as needed. All building leaders and district emergency management team members are provided with the crisis response plan.
The District also has a Crisis Management Policy (EM-020.26), which specifically addresses which procedures are included in the crisis response plan. For security reasons, the District does not publish its crisis procedures.
Minnesota Statute requires schools to conduct at least five school lockdown drills, five school fire drills and one tornado drill each year.
The purpose of drills is to demonstrate a schools’ commitment to prepare for crises, emergencies and disasters. Drills test universal procedures, build staff and student awareness, and provide training to students and staff.
- Using funding from the Safe Schools/Healthy Students grant, School District 622 was able to complete a comprehensive security audit during the 2009-10 school year. The audit was conducted by a school safety expert and included a review of all district facilities as well as district procedures.