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287 Communication Statements
Media Questions

District 287 will provide responses to media questions in this section to ensure equitable access.

Q: What was the district's role in communicating to victims what happened?
A: We are mindful in situations with active police investigations, as we were in this situation, to follow the guidance of police or other authorities on notification to families of victims or alleged perpetrators. We were in close communication with families yesterday and today offering our support and extending the many offers of support from partners and community organizations.

Q: When were metal detectors removed from District 287 schools?
A: In alignment with our strategic priorities of racial equity and trauma-responsive practices, we ended the use of metal detectors in 287 buildings beginning the 2021-2022 school year.

Q: When were school resource officers replaced with Student Safety Coaches?
A: In 2017, District 287 replaced School Resource Officers with Student Safety Coaches (SSCs) and built a school safety model focused on relationships, de-escalation, and healing-centered approaches. The SSC model is part of the District’s move to become a racially conscious, trauma-sensitive and healing-centered school district.

Q: What are the member school district's of Intermediate District 287?
A: Brooklyn CenterEden PrairieEdinaHopkinsOronoOsseoRichfieldRobbinsdaleSt. Louis ParkWayzata, and Westonka. We also serve students from non-member districts.

Q: What are the robust mental health supports that students will receive when they return to school?
A: We are thankful for the outpouring of support from many outside agencies to provide mental health support for our staff and students. Clinicians and counselors from many entities have collaborated to provide support for staff and students. We are especially grateful for the support from Hennepin County and the numerous staff they have made available as our community processes the recent events. We have created an opportunity for each staff member to access mental health support and are planning for supporting our students and their individual needs in the days to come. We have a tremendous team of mental health and other instructional staff from across our District who are supporting one another.