Emergency Preparedness
Providing a safe, thriving environment for students to learn and staff to work is the foremost goal of any school setting. Creating a safe school environment that facilitates learning can be a challenging task. Successful school emergency planning requires school administrators, law enforcement personnel and emergency managers work together as a team.

School emergency planning helps school staff know how to assist students through a crisis situation. Knowing how to respond during a crisis will help everyone involved remain calm, understand their role and act as safely and efficiently as possible. It is important that emergency planning includes all hazards, risks and emergencies a school may encounter.

Minnesota statute requires all school districts and charter schools establish an emergency plan. The plan should include policy and procedures for prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

The law requires plans be developed cooperatively with all appropriate school stakeholders. School emergency plans must include five school lock-down drills, five school fire drills and one tornado drill per school year.

View the statute from the link on the offsite resources on this page.