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Safe Schools Updates

  • Minnesota Department of Education recognizes 12 SPPS schools for PBIS work

    Posted by Saint Paul Public Schools on 6/12/2017 9:00:00 AM

    Twelve SPPS schools have been recognized by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) as 2016-17 Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) Sustaining Exemplar schools. Schools who received this recognition were required to have three years of PBIS implementation, documented action plans and completed specific fidelity assessments. While all SPPS schools are implementing PBIS, these 12 schools have met rigorous standards, participated in the MDE application process and have shared their PBIS journey with other schools.

    Here is a list of SPPS schools recognized by MDE:

    • Battle Creek Middle School
    • Como Park Elementary School
    • Farnsworth Aerospace Lower Campus PK-4
    • Farnsworth Aerospace Upper Campus 5-8
    • Highland Park Middle School
    • Highwood Hills Elementary School
    • Linwood Monroe Arts Plus Upper Campus
    • Linwood Monroe Arts Plus Lower Campus
    • Murray Middle School
    • Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet School
    • Saint Paul Music Academy
    • Washington Technology Magnet School 
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  • 2017-18 Restorative Practices Applications

    Posted by Saint Paul Public Schools on 6/1/2017 4:00:00 PM

    Three Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) sites have been selected to become restorative practice pilot sites in the 2017-2018 school year. Eastern Heights Elementary, Parkway Montessori Middle School and Washington Technology Magnet School were selected from among 13 applicants. These three sites will join the cohort of six schools that began the pilot in fall 2016. | Read More

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

    Posted by Saint Paul Public Schools on 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 on 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 on 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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  • 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.


  • 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.