At ISD 728, the safety of our students, staff and visitors is among our highest priorities. We work collaboratively to foster a safe, secure learning environment as we deliver on our mission to educate, inspire and empower our diverse learners, to shape their futures, help accomplish their dreams and to contribute positively to our local and global communities.
Emergency response and crisis management protocols and plans are an important component of fostering a safe, secure learning environment. Our protocols and plans are regularly practiced, reviewed and updated by a team of professionals that includes district staff and community first responders. When making decisions about school safety best practices and recommendations from local, state and national safety and security experts are always taken into consideration.
In 2017 ISD 728 began implementing a more proactive approach to responding to threats of school violence such as active shooter situations and other imminent threats to safety that require schools to lockdown. District and school administrators, along with all staff, are being educated in ALICEresponse, a less passive response to a crisis situation that gives staff and responders more options based on the circumstances of the incident. The ALICE acronym stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. Our community law enforcement partners have been actively involved in training staff districtwide and are assisting with practice lockdown drills using the ALICE concepts. These new response protocols are being introduced to students gradually and at a developmentally appropriate level as schools practice the five lockdown drills required by state law.
The threat of an active shooter situation in our schools is rare but real. Empowering our staff with proactive response strategies, rather than a passive, one-size fits all approach is a positive change to our district’s emergency response and crisis management plans and protocols. Ultimately we hope we never have to utilize these plans, but in the event we do, please be assured that staff are well prepared to act in the best interests of safety for all.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact your student’s building principal or Judy Johnson, Manager of Prevention, Safety and Grants at 763-241-3400 x5003