Safe Educational Environment
Saint John’s Preparatory School is committed to providing a safe educational environment. We are dedicated to upholding a culture of safety and the protection of each member of our community. The policies, procedures, and resources included here assist in developing and protecting such a culture.
Relationships are the foundation of education, particularly in a Catholic school. Defining healthy boundaries and policies to maintain a safe environment are not meant to undermine the importance of personal contact or the ministerial role of educators in any way. Rather, they are meant to assist all employees and volunteers within the Prep School to be effective educators. Providing consistent, written standards helps to safeguard all minors, the well being of the community, and the integrity of Saint John’s Preparatory School and the broader Saint John’s community.
Saint John’s Preparatory School policies regarding safe environment and the protection of minors are included in the document, Safe Environment Policies: Protection Against Sexual Abuse of Minors
Saint John’s Preparatory School has zero tolerance of any sexual, physical or emotional abuse of minors. As such, we have instituted policies, procedures, and programs to ensure full compliance with applicable Minnesota, federal, and local laws as well as all Order of Saint Benedict policies, pertinent Diocese of Saint Cloud policies regarding Catholic schools, and the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.
All employees or volunteers serving within Saint John’s Preparatory School are required to:
- be aware of signs of child abuse,
- follow policies and take steps to prevent abuse and protect minors, and
- abide by Minnesota Statutes and written school procedures if abuse is suspected or observed.
All school employees and volunteers, while acting within the scope of their service in the school, are mandated to report any incidents of actual, alleged or suspected abuse of minors to law enforcement and Child Protective Services, as specified by Minnesota Statute 626.556.
Resources for Volunteers
Any individual who wishes to volunteer at Saint John’s Preparatory School must abide by the Policies and Procedures for the Protection of Minors document (found above). Additionally, volunteers who work directly with minors must complete a background check. Background check forms must be submitted to the Principal’s Office, and clearance to volunteer must be granted prior to service.
Resources for Vendors
Vendors who provide services to Saint John’s Preparatory School are considered important members of our school community. Therefore, it is critical that vendors partner with the school to ensure the safety of all who work and learn on our campus. As stated in our policy, all vendors who come into contact or interact in any way with minors on the Prep School campus, or who conduct business or provide services on the Prep School campus, must abide by the Policies and Procedures for the Protection of Minors. Accordingly, vendors must complete a Vendor Safe Environment Compliance Form. This form must be updated annually.
Resources for Outside Organizations
Saint John’s Preparatory School is proud to partner with many other organizations in our local area. In addition to collaboration on programs, the school also hosts meetings, retreats, events, rehearsals, and provides other resources and assistance. Therefore, it is critical that all organizations who come into contact or interact in any way with minors on the Prep School campus, or who conduct business or provide services on the Prep School campus, must abide by the Policies and Procedures for the Protection of Minors. Accordingly, outside organizations must complete an Outside Organization Safe Environment Compliance Form. This form must be updated annually.
Our school has been inspected for asbestos under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act of 1986 (AHERA). Some asbestos-containing building materials (ACBM) were found in our buildings. A management plan detailing the location and description of the asbestos-containing building materials (ACBM) has been submitted to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and is available for your inspection at the office of our Physical Plant. Click here to access more information.