Prevention & Safety
ISD 728’s Prevention and Safety group team promotes several initiatives that positively impact our school environment. Prevention is a broad category, covering all preventive measures that promote wellness and inclusion to support a students ability to learn in our ISD 728 schools. Under prevention, this department takes the lead on Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and Mental Health programming through THRIVE, an initiative which focuses on building connections to promote well-being. THRIVE is split into prioritizes several initiatives sub-parts, including SEL strategies such as PBIS, mindfulness, yoga calm, restorative practices and more. THRIVE also supports mental health and trauma informed training for schools and families. Prevention also includes resources promoting health and wellness for our school communities.
Safety is also among our highest priorities at ISD 728. 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. Specifically, safety initiatives include ALICE training, addressing alcohol, drugs and tobacco use, crisis response, bullying and more. Please refer to links for additional information on these topics.
Phone: 763-241-3400 x5003
Degrees and Certifications:
Rachel Hilyar, MEd
Assistant Director of Prevention & Safety
Rachel Hilyar has led the work of the ISD 728 Prevention and Safety Department since 2017. She has Masters Degree in Family Education from the University of Minnesota and over 20 years of experience in the fields of education, health and wellness. As a Secondary Family and Consumer Science teacher working with a diverse population of students Rachel was drawn to the field of health promotion in hopes of creating healthier community norms. This passion led her to a career which blended education and youth prevention in a variety of settings including K-12 education, health care and public health. Rachel has led policy efforts and prevention programming strategies to reduce youth risk behaviors such as tobacco use, obesity, domestic violence and promote physical activity, nutrition and wellness. Rachel is excited about the future for students in ISD 728 as programming around Social and Emotional Learning and Mental Health is a priority area of focus.
Phone: 763-241-3400 x1253
Degrees and Certifications:
Sheila Dokken, J.D.
Coordinator of Prevention & Safety
Sheila Dokken is a licensed attorney with over 20 years of experience litigating discrimination and harassment claims. Her experience in handling issues of racial, gender, sexual orientation and other forms of discrimination led her to a passion for preventive work. In addition to litigation, Sheila trained corporations and organizations on diversity issues and has been a restorative practices mediator for 20 years. Sheila accepted a position as an Equity Specialist with ISD 728 back in 2013 and has been developing programming and curriculum for classrooms, as well as training staff and administration on equity issues, including implicit bias, stereotypes, and more. She received intensive training on conducting restorative circles in June of 2018 and has been actively implementing and instituting this practice in her district. She accepted the position of Coordinator of Prevention & Safety in July 2019.