The Minnesota Department of Education works through partnerships to ensure that students have safe school climates in which to learn and that schools and communities have the information and resources they need to create and maintain safe schools that nurture healthy development.
School climate includes an expectation that all students and staff are treated with respect, caring connections are established between all students and adults in the building and that students will share concerns about school safety, and that adults will take those concerns seriously.
Each Minnesota school district must adopt a district crisis management policy. The policy must include an individual district's plan to respond to potential crisis situations such as natural disasters, hazardous materials, weapons in schools, etc. The policy should include contact persons and their phone numbers, and be reviewed by school personnel in each building. View MDE's Model Policy page for a sample crisis management policy.
Gifted and Talented Youth Week
Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed November 2-8, 2014, to be Gifted and Talented Youth Week in Minnesota. In addition to recognizing the unique potential of gifted and talented youth, seize the opportunity to laud the efforts of the parents, educators, counselors and psychologists with whom they work. Their sustained efforts, coupled with the organized advocacy of the Minnesota Council for Gifted and Talented (MCGT) and the Minnesota Educators of Gifted and Talented (MEGT), help make our state one in which gifted learners are honored and valued.