Schools are still one of the safest places for our children.

—U.S. Department of Education

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Safe Schools Updates

  • America’s Safe Schools Week October 16-22, 2016

    Posted by Saint Paul Public Schools at 10/16/2016

    The National School Safety Center, state governors and state school superintendents sponsor America's Safe Schools Week, October 16-22, 2016. | Read More

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  • Restorative Practices Update

    Posted by Saint Paul Public Schools at 10/15/2016

    This fall, 6 pilot schools- American Indian Magnet School, Farnsworth Aerospace Upper, Johnson Senior High School, Maxfield Elementary School, Murray Middle School and Riverview Westside School of Excellence- launched school-designed, community-driven implementation of restorative practices supported by and in collaboration with a St. Paul Public Schools and St. Paul Teacher Federation partnership. | Read More

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  • Increasing Wellness, Decreasing Toxic Stress Courses

    Posted by Saint Paul Public Schools at 10/14/2016

    A key component of Trauma Sensitive Schools is creating safety for students and staff impacted by trauma and toxic stress. | Read More

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  • Youth Mental Health First Aid

    Posted by Saint Paul Public Schools at 10/14/2016

    There are several sessions posted on PdExpress (Course Title: SCS/MLR (U):  Youth Mental Health First Aid) for staff to be trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid. | Read More

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  • Counselors Work to Stop Bullying

    Posted by Saint Paul Public Schools at 10/6/2016

    While October 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of National Bullying Prevention Month, SPPS champions anti-bullying efforts every month of the year. The district’s 119 school counselors – 36 of whom are certified as Bully Prevention Specialists work to give students and staff the tools to prevent or respond to bullying. Read More.

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Together, we can strengthen safety in our schools through a network of relationships, services, organizations and community members.
Safe schools start with you!

Schools are just one support system for students who have experienced trauma. SPPS works with more than 200 community partners to provide support in:


  • Art and Culture
  • College and Career Readiness 
  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Mental Health
  • Social and Emotional Health
  • Physical Health and Wellness 


For more information:

The Department of School Climate and Support:

Our mission is to help create an environment of safety, respect and equity by providing support services that focus on behavior, mental health and wellness.

Jon Peterson, Executive Director | 

ID Badge All School visitors must check in at the main office and wear a visitor identification badge.
Cameras SPPS has 1,500 safety cameras and continues to invest in security upgrades.

Reports Every school has its own safety plan that is reviewed and updated annually.

SRO Nine Saint Paul Police School Resource Officers (SROs) monitor safety and create relationships with students.

Drills All schools hold five safety drills, five fire drills, and one severe weather drill each year.

Notification Instant notification system can send texts, phone calls and emails to families and staff.

SEM Since 2001, the Office of Security and Emergency Management (SEM) has reviewed and improved safety and emergency procedures across the district.