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Back to School Fall 2023 Information for Families

As the 2023-24 school year approaches, we are excited to welcome your student(s) back into the classroom. School starts on Tuesday September 5th. We wanted to remind you of the ongoing procedures we will continue to use as we work to provide a safe learning environment for all students.

Physical Safety & Security Reminders

Evolv Weapon Detection System

Evolv is very similar to a metal detector; its advantage over a traditional metal detector is that it is able to identify weapons that would not necessarily be detected by a metal detector, and houses data on anything identified by the system.

Student & Visitor Screening

All students, staff, and visitors entering a 287 facility are required to go through one of two entry points where an Evolv Weapon Detection System (WDS) is located. All visitors will be required to go through that sites main entry point and pass through the Evolv WDS. If the system alerts because it detects a potential weapon on someone’s person or in their belongings, a secondary search will be conducted of the area the system indicates as a potential location for a weapon.

Any student that exits the building unchaperoned or temporarily leaves their staff member’s view while outdoors must go through the screening process again to re-enter the building.

RAPTOR Visitor Check-In

All visitors entering a 287 owned facility will need register with the main entry front desk prior to entering any site. A form of identification will be required to enter a 287 facility. The best proof of identification is a picture ID, such as a driver’s license, state identification card, or passport.

Layers of Safety

A comprehensive approach to school safety means that we must double down on the foundational trauma-responsive practices, such as trusting relationships with students, mental health supports, strong check-in and screening processes, and a rigorous and engaging curriculum. Relationship building is the number one layer of protection. View our layers of safety chart here.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

The District is awaiting further guidance from the State on what is required for Minnesota schools for the 23-24 school year. At this time, please follow our current policies, procedures, and practices.


Meals are free for all students for the 2023-24 school year! Although meals are free we ask that you still submit an Application for Educational Benefits to potentially qualify for other benefits, including:

  • Possible reduced rates for middle and high school activities in your home district
  • Reduced AP testing and college application fees
  • Compensatory funds (which can amount to more than $2,000 per form returned) for the
  • District to reduce class sizes, to provide counseling and social work services, and hire specialists
  • Possible extension of summer P-EBT programs

You may apply online or fill out a paper application found on the meals page of the district’s website.

School Calendar & Notification of an E-learning Day or School/District Closure

You can view the 2023-2024 school calendar for this year on our calendar webpage.
If the District ever decides to move to an e-learning day or to cancel school, you will be notified using the contact information we have on file for your student. If you ever need to update your contact information, please reach out to your school’s front office.


Transporting District 287 students is contracted through the student’s home school district. Please contact your home school district’s transportation department for transportation questions and needs. Visit our transportation webpage to find their contact information.

Questions, comments, or concerns?

If you have any questions or want to reach out to us, please feel free to contact your school’s front office, and they will be happy to assist you.