The Southeast Polk Community School District has several layers of Safety and Security personnel. Serving SEP district-wide is the Safety and Security Committee, which includes members of SEP leadership and members of the local police departments and fire departments. The Committee provides several resources to our school buildings. The Crisis Response Manual outlines procedures to handle a variety of unforeseen circumstances which impact the environment and/or well-being of students and staff. A few years ago, the committee implemented our 3 year cycle of staff safety training that includes face-to-face training with law enforcement, approved online training and building specific training.

Each of our school buildings also has a Building Crisis Team that serve a critical role in disseminating information to all staff and aiding families in times of need. Members of this team have specific roles within the building during any emergency situation.

In addition to the 3 year training program, our staff is trained on all updates of the safety plan and drill procedures. Some of the district’s crisis materials was updated in 2016 and several pieces are due to be updated this year.

Security Resource Officers (SRO) are local police officers stationed in our high school and jr. high buildings everyday, all day while school is in session. We also have police officers that periodically visit our elementary buildings.

The Southeast Polk Community School District uses a variety of methods to contact parents about information regarding school closings and delays. Calls, emails and social media posts will go out as soon as any decision is made by administration concerning the school day.  Please listen to/read the entire message as it contains pertinent information. This website will also list any changes to the school day.

Is the Crisis Response Manual available to the public?

For security purposes, the Crisis Response Manual is not made available to the public, nor are building maps made publicly available. If a parent or student should have a question regarding an emergency situation procedure, they are encouraged to contact Joe Horton, Associate Superintendent, at (515) 967-4294 or