Our mission is to educate all learners to reach their full potential as contributing and productive members of our ever-changing global community.

School Safety

Security and emergency preparedness is vital to the safety and well-being of our students, staff and visitors. PLSAS has a comprehensive Crisis Management Plan that incorporates all four phases of Crisis Management: Prevention/Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery.

PLSAS’ plan was designed with the help of local law enforcement, emergency management, and public health officials, along with guidance provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The district is committed to continually reevaluating its school safety procedures and protocols.

School Safety Structure

PLSAS’ district and school safety structures consist of the following teams that review, revise and practice crisis preparedness, response and threat assessment procedures:

  • District Crisis Response Team
  • Community Crisis Response Team
  • District Recovery Team
  • Building Crisis Response Team
  • Medical Emergency Response Team
  • Building Recovery Team

Law Enforcement Partnerships

PLSAS enjoys a strong working relationship with Prior Lake and Savage police and fire departments, and Scott County Emergency Management. The district has two School Resource Officers: one at the middle schools and one at Prior Lake High School. Police officers also have strong relationships with our elementary schools.

Secure Front Entrances

Those who wish to visit a building during the school day are currently only granted access through one door to the main office, or check-in desk, where they are greeted by a staff member who will make sure they know their business with the school and properly sign in using our visitor management system. This system allows us to track visitors in our buildings and enhance our existing school safety plans.

During the school day, visitors are asked to present a government-issued ID, such as a driver’s license or passport, which is scanned into the system. The system will then conduct an on-the-spot background check against the national sex-offender database. Once entry is approved, a sticker badge with photo ID will be issued. When leaving the building, visitors turn in their badge at the main office or check-in desk.

Surveillance Cameras

District and school officials have access to surveillance cameras located throughout the district that can be seen live anywhere, at any time in case of an emergency.

11 Annual Drills

All schools in Minnesota are required to have five lockdown drills, five fire drills and one tornado drill each year by state law. The drills help students better understand their environments and give them confidence to respond in an emergency situation. The drills also help staff review their plans and provide them an opportunity to report any issues.

Reporting Systems

Our middle schools and high schools offer a safe, confidential way for students to report bullying or help someone facing mental health issues. If the issue does not require immediate action, the report can be made anonymously through our confidential reporting system (PLHS, Hidden Oaks Middle School, Twin Oaks Middle School)

Tip Line: (952) 226-0005
PLSAS also offers a Tip Line for students, parents or anyone in the community to report weapons, threats of violence or any activity that could potentially endanger students, staff or property. The confidential Tip Line phone number is (952) 226-0005.

Communication

In the event of an emergency, we ask for parent/guardian cooperation in the following procedures:

  • Please do not telephone the school. Telephone lines must be kept available for emergency communication.
  • Please do not come to the school unless requested to pick up your child.
  • You can expect the school district to respond and inform you via: email, website, phone, including text and voicemails, and social media.

School Safety & Security presentation to the School Board, May 7, 2018