February 21, 2018


    February 21, 2018

    In the wake of last week’s school shooting in Florida, I know many families are wondering about safety and security at Mounds View Public Schools. I’d like to share some insights about steps our schools have taken to prepare in the event of a threat.
    Partnering with law enforcement
    District officials meet annually with law enforcement from Ramsey County, New Brighton Public Safety and Mounds View Police Department to review our schools’ emergency procedures. We also meet regularly with representatives of the School Safety Center from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
    These conversations -- and the safety experts’ recommendations -- have resulted in a set of guidelines our staff members are asked to follow to keep students safe in the event of a threat in any part of our buildings. All schools have comprehensive crisis plans in place which includes these procedures, and schools have School Resource Officers assigned to them as needed.
    Lockdown practices
    Each of our schools completes five practice lockdowns a year. Moving forward, we will continue this practice as well as work with local law enforcement to provide lockdown training at each school building. We will also partner with local law enforcement to incorporate school-based staff discussions of threat responses throughout the year.
    Security systems
    A security assessment firm has conducted a comprehensive safety audit of every school. The professionals were encouraged and pleased by the District’s security systems and procedures. Even so, we continue to make ongoing improvements and upgrades as necessary.
    Supporting students
    Finally, each of our schools has professional counselors available to any student who needs extra support.

    Please be assured that nothing is more important than providing the safest school environment possible. If you have any questions or concerns about our schools’ approach to safety, please contact me or your building’s principal. At times like these, it’s important for our families to know that the safety of our students and staff is our top priority.  


    Chris Lennox
    Mounds View Public Schools


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