Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Robbinsdale Area Schools is dedicated to an excellent education for all our students in a safe environment. While every precaution is taken to avoid crises, the district has invested significant resources in the development, and constant evaluation of, emergency procedures covering a broad range of potential scenarios which could occur in our facilities. Staff is well-trained, emergency procedures are posted for reference and drills take place at regular intervals to ensure quick response to any crisis.
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
The most effective strategies for crisis prevention include ways to keep students engaged and in class. Schools utilize Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), a research-based framework of school-wide interventions designed to keep students in class. The district has created an implementation plan that provides opportunity for sharing ideas, strategies and solutions, and a common language for every staff member. In addition, the district-wide implementation helps schools be intentional about helping students learn expectations and positive behaviors, which in turn increases student engagement, responsibility and a sense of belonging.
Robbinsdale Area Schools has sound emergency procedures in place, and proper training for employees to implement procedures, should a crisis arise. In almost every scenario, the rule of thumb for action on the part of first responders to a crisis in a district facility is as follows:
- Call 9-1-1
- Respond to immediate needs of students and staff
- Notify district administration
- District administration mobilizes district resources to assist emergency responders
Specific procedures with variations to these general procedures are indexed for easy access by staff in an emergency for many crisis scenarios.
A crisis communications plan is in place to ensure accurate information reaches students, staff and families quickly. Information may be provided to the following sources for access by the public:
- District website
- Email to district families and staff
- Posts on district Facebook and Twitter pages
- District and school receptionists
- Key communicators within the district
The district and school buildings have Emergency Procedures Handbooks which are reviewed frequently by administrators who are responsible for leading crisis response teams. Principals also follow a routine drill schedule each year to re-familiarize both staff and students with proper procedure for evacuations, reverse-evacuations (in case of an event occurring on the grounds, students return to the safety of the building), and shelter-in-place and lockdown drills which keep the student population safe in the school and/or classrooms.
Emergency Procedures Handbook
Oversight of this plan is the responsibility of the school board. Maintenance and implementation of the plan is the responsibility of the superintendent and delegated individuals in coordination with local emergency response agencies. The plan itself is organized into two distinct parts; the “Basic Plan” and a series of job action sheet checklists and hazard specific procedures.
The detailed information in the checklists and annexes makes them sensitive and are not considered to be public documents. Much of the information that is needed to implement a plan like this should be treated as sensitive and thus should be kept internal to district employees and emergency responders. The exact plans, locations, routes, and communication methods may be useful information to potential terrorists or other criminals.
The Basic Plan provides overall concepts and assignment of responsibility, which can be shared with the public. Below is the Basic Plan Section of the Handbook.