The Minnesota Department of Education works through partnerships to ensure that students have safe school climates in which to learn and that schools and communities have the information and resources they need to create and maintain safe schools that nurture healthy development.
School climate includes an expectation that all students and staff are treated with respect, caring connections are established between all students and adults in the building and that students will share concerns about school safety, and that adults will take those concerns seriously.
Each Minnesota school district must adopt a district crisis management policy. The policy must include an individual district's plan to respond to potential crisis situations such as natural disasters, hazardous materials, weapons in schools, etc. The policy should include contact persons and their phone numbers, and be reviewed by school personnel in each building. View MDE's Model Policy page for a sample crisis management policy.
Meet the 2015 Science Mathematics Principal
John Garcia, principal of Cedar Park Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) School in Apple Valley, has been named the 2015 Science and Mathematics Elementary and Middle Level Principal of the Year. Created through a partnership between the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association (MESPA), the award recognizes the importance of fostering lifelong science literacy and the key role principals play in developing a culture that encourages student interest in math and science.