Dear Osseo Senior High families:

I am aware of social media posts that significantly misrepresent an incident that occurred at school on Nov. 28. It’s important for you to know that no students were barred or banned from using any bathroom at Osseo Senior High.

I sincerely wish I could say more, but for data privacy reasons, I cannot provide details about a situation involving a specific student.

What I hope you already know is that we work every day to create an inclusive school where students feel welcome and respected. Our staff regularly works with individual students and families who have varying needs, including needs related to identity.

I also want to assure you that staff intervenes in the use of restrooms only in situations such as the following:

  • Concern about the safety of students, staff or community members
  • Illness or health-related issues
  • Suspected illegal activity


Michael Lehan


Osseo Senior High

Students traveled to Avery Wisconsin for a 5 day retreat where they learned and practice emergency care skills.

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07/16/2016, 9:15pm CDT

By Brooke Schwieters, Media Intern


Each year, approximately 1,000 volunteers selflessly grace Schwan’s USA CUP with their presence, helping to pull off the 4th largest youth soccer tournament in the world. Among those committed volunteers are high school students from the Opportunities in Emergency Care (OEC) program.

OEC classes are offered at Osseo and Spring Lake Park High School to students with interest in pursuing careers in the medical field.

“They start out with first-aid, CPR, first responder and EMT,” explained Gary Leafblad, OEC instructor at Osseo High School.

In the classroom, OEC students learn about the basic knowledge of medical training, and are given the opportunity to show what they’ve learned out in the field.

"The class is really cool,” said 17-year-old OEC student Jason Kells. “It shows you not only what you're going to see out and about, but how to deal with it, and  it gives you a really good idea of what the medical field is going to be like."

Each year, USA CUP provides the perfect opportunity to put these students in the middle of the action, and give them some great hands-on experience.

"It’s one of my favorite events of the year because we get at least eight calls a day per cart,” Kells said. “We even helped backboard someone today."

As safety marks a high priority for USA CUP, a full medical clinic staffed with doctors and trainers is provided for players and visitors. This gives these OEC students a chance to pick the brains of people with careers in the medical field.

“These kids, they’re always looking for that confidence builder,” Leafblad said.  “The ability to talk with the experts: doctors, residents and PA’s, gives them a chance to talk, see and experience the field.”

Though it is a popular event for OEC students, USA CUP isn’t the only out-of-the classroom event these students take part in.

Maren Strootman, an OEC student at Osseo High School had the opportunity to go on a trip to California with other students from her class to compete in a competition organized by the International Rescue and Emergency Care Association (IRECA).

Jason Kells (middle) is on site at the “K” fields with two of his fellow medical volunteers. 

“We compete in emergency care competitions, where we have all real gear and fake victims, which sometimes even have fake blood,” Strootman said. “We’re given a scenario and have to go step-by step like you were in the real world.”

But one day for Kells, the scenario was real.

"I've had real world experience using what I’ve learned in the classroom,” he said. “I was first on scene of a major car accident on the way to school one day, and it was really cool to see how I could apply what I learned in the classroom into helping real people in the streets."

For OEC students like Kells and Strootman, who are both hoping to become a physican assistant and a paramedic respectively, they’ll take any experience they can get.

“[The OEC class] is just part of getting that real-world experience, so that it gives students better idea of what we want to do in the future,” Strootman said. “A lot of us are also interested in helping the community in different ways, so that’s what this is all about.”

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