The Superintendent or designee shall develop and implement a
comprehensive safety and crisis plan incorporating both avoidance and
management guidelines. The comprehensive safety and crisis plan shall
specifically include provisions for: injury prevention; bomb threats,
weapons, and explosives on campus; school safety drill program, tornado
protection; instruction in safe bus-riding practices;, fire safety and
prevention; emergency aid; post-crisis management; and responding to
medical emergencies at an indoor physical fitness facility. During each
academic year, each school building must conduct a minimum of:
- Three school evacuation ("fire") drills;
- One bus evacuation drill; and
- One severe weather/shelter-in-place drill.
- One lock-down drill
Additionally, the Superintendent or appropriate designee must conduct
a lock-down drill with law enforcement present in at least one of the
District’s school buildings during the academic year. Any appropriate
local law enforcement agency may conduct and participate in this law
enforcement drill. The law enforcement drill must be conducted according
to the District’s comprehensive safety and crisis plan and it may be
conducted on days and times that students are not present in the
A school bus driver is prohibited from operating a school bus while
using a cellular telephone, except: (1) during an emergency situation,
(2) to call for assistance if there is a mechanical problem, (3) where a
cellular telephone is owned by the School District and used as a
digital two-way radio, and (4) when the school bus is parked.
The Superintendent is authorized to close the schools in the event of
hazardous weather or other emergencies that threaten the safety of
students, staff members, or school property.
The Board of Education may designate a company to offer student
accident insurance coverage. The Board does not endorse the plan nor
recommend that parents/guardians secure the coverage and any contract is
between the parents/guardians and the company. Students participating
in athletics, cheerleading, or pompons must have school accident
insurance or a parent/guardian statement in writing that the student is
covered under a family health insurance plan.
Unsafe School Choice Option
The unsafe school choice option allows students to transfer to
another District school or to a public charter school within the
District. The unsafe school choice option is available to:
- All students attending a persistently dangerous school, as defined
by State law and identified by the Illinois State Board of Education.
- Any student who is a victim of a violent criminal offense, as
defined by 725 ILCS 120/3, that occurred on school grounds during
regular school hours or during a school-sponsored event.
The Superintendent or designee shall develop procedures to implement the unsafe school choice option.
Convicted Child Sex and Violence Offender Notification Laws
State law prohibits a child sex offender from being present on school
property or loitering within 500 feet of school property when persons
under the age of 18 are present, unless the offender:
- is a parent/guardian of a student attending the school and the
parent/guardian is: (i) attending a conference at the school with school
personnel to discuss the progress of his or her child academically or
socially, (ii) participating in child review conferences in which
evaluation and placement decisions may be made with respect to his or
her child regarding special education services, or (iii) attending
conferences to discuss other student issues concerning his or her child
such as retention and promotion; and in all the foregoing cases, the
offender notifies the Building Principal of his or her presence at the
- has permission to be present from the Board of Education,
Superintendent or Superintendent’s designee. If permission is granted,
the Superintendent or Board President shall provide the details of the
offender’s upcoming visit to the Building Principal.
In all cases, the Superintendent, or designee who is a certified
employee, shall supervise a child sex or violent offender against youth
whenever the offender is in a child’s vicinity on school grounds.
If a student is a sex offender or violent offender against youth, the
Superintendent or designee shall develop guidelines for managing his or
her presence in school.
The Superintendent shall develop procedures for the distribution and
use of information from law enforcement officials under the Sex Offender Community Notification Law and the Child Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Community Law.
The Superintendent or designee shall serve as the District contact
person for purposes of these laws. The Superintendent shall manage a
process for schools to notify the parents/guardians during school
registration that information about sex offenders is available to the
public as provided in the Sex Offender Community Notification Law. This
notification must occur during school registration and at other times as
the Superintendent or Building Principal determines advisable.
All contracts with the School District that may involve an employee
or agent of the contractor having any contact, direct or indirect, with a
student, shall contain the following:
The contractor shall not send to any
school building or school property any employee or agent who would be
prohibited from being employed by the District due to a conviction of a
crime listed in 105 ILCS 5/10-21.9, or who is listed in the Statewide
Sex Offender Registry or the Statewide Violent Offender Against Youth
Database. The contractor shall obtain a fingerprint-based criminal
history records check before sending any employee or agent to any school
building or school property. Additionally, at least quarterly, the
contractor shall check if an employee or agent is listed on the
Statewide Sex Offender Registry or the Statewide Violent Offender
Against Youth Database.
Adopted: April 20, 1998
Revised: February 20, 2007
Revised: March 19, 2012