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Security & Emergency Management

The Risk Management department supports student learning by helping ensure the safety and well-being of students, staff, and visitors. Risk Management is responsible for many safety tasks and technologies you will see throughout Osseo Area Schools including but not limited to:

  • Emergency preparedness plans (ERP) including compliance with state mandated drills. The risk management department often observes emergency drills to provide feedback to school leaders and staff. You can see more information about our ERP below.
  • Each school has a visitor management system that checks visitors against the national sex offender registry and a site do not enter list. All visitors are requested to provide Government identification to check-in. If a visitor does not have identification, they will be required to provide information for a manual check-in process and have their photo taken. 
  • Security cameras including the installation, maintenance, and replacement with technology advancements. 
  •  Safe School Assessments are a tool used to identify and evaluate potential hazards and risks in a school’s physical environment. The process of doing a safe school assessment creates opportunities to reduce or eliminate potential hazards and develop recommendations for improvement. Schools use data gathered from safe school assessments to address areas of greatest risk or vulnerability in their emergency plans. 
  • Staff security and emergency preparedness training (Include Link to Schoology Folder) for staff only portal.
  • Behavior threat assessments are an investigative approach to identifying and intervening with individuals who may pose a risk of causing harm. A multidisciplinary behavior threat assessment team, in conjunction with the appropriate policies, tools, and training, is the best
    practice for preventing acts of targeted violence. Behavior Threat Assessments are used to assess the ongoing needs and safety of all individuals in the building. 

Risk management meets several times during the school year with the Risk and Emergency Management Committee (REMAC). Representatives from all levels of the school district as well as from our community are active participants in the security and emergency management decisions providing vital feedback for the success of our schools. 

Risk and Emergency Management
Advisory Committee (REMAC)

Informational Meeting

Main Contact

Dave Moredock
Coordinator of Risk Management
763-391-7247
MoredockD@district279.org

Emily Kaehn
Risk Management Specialist
763-391-7225
KaehnE@district279.org

Osseo Area Schools Emergency Response Plan

Osseo Area Schools has developed a comprehensive emergency plan with the help of local law enforcement, emergency management and public health officials. The emergency plan incorporates all four phases of crisis management:

  • Prevention/Mitigation
  • Preparedness
  • Response
  • Recovery

Prevention/Mitigation

To prevent critical incidents from occurring, Osseo Area schools Security and Emergency Management team routinely conducts site assessments at all  buildings.  The team also facilitates behavior threat assessments when concerning behaviors are identified or threats are made.   Osseo Area Schools also partners with local law enforcement through our School Resource Officer (SRO) program. 

 

Speak Up-See It-Hear It-Stop It Form or call 763-391-8660

The district has a Tip Line supporting speaking up when there is a concern.   The tip line is monitored by numerous staff who will report the tips to the proper buildings and may cross report with local authorities if necessary.    We also encourage all our students to contact an administrator in their building if they have information that will affect the safety of staff or students in their building.  Any concerns that need immediate attention for the safety of individuals involved should be reported to 911.   Here is an example of the signage placed around our buildings and information on the process:

Preparedness

Drills are routinely held in all Osseo Area Schools to prepare students and staff for emergency response.  Each site is required to do 11 drills throughout the school year. Those drills are evacuation, shelter in place, lockdown and severe weather shelter.

District279 Tip Line Flyer

Tip Line Process Page

 

Site Response

Osseo Area School’s emergency plan is based on an “all hazard” approach that incorporates four universal response actions that can be implemented quickly.  Each school has a Building Crisis Response Team (BCRT) that leads staff and students through an emergency.  The BCRT utilizes a district communication tool to provide updates and resources for their emergency.

In the rare event of an emergency, the school principal, or their designee, will implement one of the following actions as needed.

Recovery

If an evacuation takes place, families will be notified of the reunification site. At the reunification site, parents should be prepared to have their identification with them. We ask parents remain patient to account for the safety of all parties involved.

Following a critical incident, Risk Management, school administration, and school resource officers will meet to assess the situation, response and learning points for continual growth and improvement.

School Resource Officers

Osseo Area Schools partners with the Maple Grove Police Department and the Brooklyn Park Police Department to provide on-site Law Enforcement Officers, known as a School Resource Officer (SRO).   SROs are carefully selected, specifically trained, and properly equipped full-time law enforcement officers with sworn law enforcement authority.  SROs have been in school buildings throughout the nation for decades, and our partnership dates back to the 1990s.     


ISD279 is active in the selection process for the SROs.  The SROs have advanced training through the NASRO Organization.  Our SROs work side by side with the administration teams to help mitigate any safety concerns as they arise.  They utilize their training to de-escalate, diminish and solve many situations throughout the day.  


Overall, the utilization of SROs varies by site.  Depending on the situation, and if safe to do so, majority of the issues are handled by the school with little involvement by the SRO.  If the SRO is involved, and charges are filed, the student may be reported for a diversion program or for charging.  Again, this varies depending on the seriousness of the incident.  SROs are not part of discipline at school, behavior management is handled by teachers and administrators.

View the school board work session about SROs

Learn more about SROs

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