Homeland Security and Emergency Management

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

School Safety Policy

School safety is both a moral responsibility to students, teachers and other school staff personnel, and a legal obligation. The state of Minnesota and the Federal Government have legislated mandates regarding school safety that all schools must implement and uphold. While implementation and adherence to the statutes does not guarantee a safe school, a combination of prevention efforts in addressing school climate, planning and facility will assist in creating a safer school environment.

The State of Minnesota requires schools develop policies regarding:

  • Bullying, including Cyber Bullying
  • Harassment
  • Crisis Management
  • Hazing
  • Possession of Fire Arms by school officials

The Federal Government requires policies regarding:

  • Gun Free Schools Act (GFSA)
  • Unsafe Schools Option (USCO)
  • Family Education Rights and Protection Act (FERPA)

There are also several state and federal laws regarding school discipline, weapons, and other school safety concerns.