Policy 806 - Crisis Management


The purpose of this Crisis Management Policy is to act as a guide for school district and building administrators, school employees, students, school board members, and community members to address a wide range of potential crisis situations in the school district. For purposes of this Policy, the term, “school districts,” shall include charter schools. The step-by-step procedures suggested by this Policy will provide guidance to each school building in drafting crisis management plans to coordinate protective actions prior to, during, and after any type of emergency or potential crisis situation. Each school district should develop tailored building-specific crisis management plans for each school building in the school district, and sections or procedures may be added or deleted in those crisis management plans based on building needs.

The school district will, to the extent possible, engage in ongoing emergency planning within the school district and with emergency responders and other relevant community organizations. The school district will ensure that relevant emergency responders in the community have access to their building-specific crisis management plans and will provide training to school district staff to enable them to act appropriately in the event of a crisis.


A. The Policy and Plans

The school district’s Crisis Management Policy has been created in consultation with local community response agencies and other appropriate individuals and groups that would likely be involved in the event of a school emergency. It is designed so that each building administrator can tailor a building-specific crisis management plan to meet that building’s specific situation and needs. The school district’s administration and/or the administration of each building shall present tailored building-specific crisis management plans to the school board for review and approval. The building-specific crisis management plans will include general crisis procedures and crisis-specific procedures. Upon approval by the school board, such crisis management plans shall be an addendum to this Crisis Management Policy. This Policy and the plans will be maintained and updated on an annual basis.

B. Elements of the District Crisis Management Policy




A. Chemical Accidents

Procedures for reporting chemical accidents shall be posted at key locations such as chemistry labs, art rooms, swimming pool areas, and janitorial closets.

B. Visitors

The school district shall implement procedures mandating visitor sign in and visitors in school buildings. See Princeton Public Schools Policy 903 (Visitors to School District Buildings and Sites). The school district shall implement procedures to minimize outside entry into school buildings except at designated check-in points and assure that all doors are locked prior to and after regular building hours.

C. Student Victims of Criminal Offenses at or on School Property

The school district shall establish procedures allowing student victims of criminal offenses on school property the opportunity to transfer to another school within the school district.

D. Radiological Emergencies at Nuclear Generating Plants

Princeton Public Schools is a sister district with Big Lake Public Schools should the Monticello Nuclear Power Plant have an accident or incident at the power plant. There are plans included in the Crisis Manual. Questions relative to the creation or implementation of such plans will be directed to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

Legal References:

  • Minn. Stat. Ch. 12 (Emergency Management)
  • Minn. Stat. Ch. 12A (Natural Disaster; State Assistance)
  • Minn. Stat. § 121A.035 (Crisis Management Policy)
  • Minn. Stat. § 121A.06 (Reports of Dangerous Weapon Incidents in School Zones)
  • Minn. Stat. § 299F.30 (Fire Drill in School)
  • Minn. Stat. § 326B.02, Subd. 6 (Powers)
  • Minn. Stat. § 326B.106 (General Powers of Commissioner of Labor and Industry)
  • Minn. Stat. § 609.605, Subd. 4 (Trespasses on School Property)
  • Minn. Rules Ch. 7511 (Fire Safety)
  • 20 U.S.C. § 1681, et seq. (Title IX)
  • 20 U.S.C. § 6301, et seq. (Every Student Succeeds Act)
  • 20 U.S.C. § 7912 (Unsafe School Choice Option)
  • 42 U.S.C. § 5121 et seq. (Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance)

Cross References:

Adopted: May 22, 2007
Revised: July 20, 2010
Revised: June 25, 2013
Revised: January 20, 2015
Revised: May 17, 2016
Reviewed: August 16, 2016
Revised: April 3, 2018
Reviewed: August 6, 2019
Reviewed: August 4, 2020
Reviewed: August 3, 2021
Revised: August 2, 2022