4.170 - Safety

Safety Program

All District operations, including the education program, shall be conducted in a manner that will promote the safety of everyone on District property or at a District event. 

The Superintendent or designee shall develop, implement and maintain 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;  safety drill  program; tornado protection; instruction in safe bus riding practices; emergency aid; post-crisis management; and responding to medical emergencies at an indoor or outdoor physical fitness facility.  During each academic year, each school building that houses school children must conduct a minimum of:

1.     Three school evacuation drills,

2.     One bus evacuation drill, and

3.     One severe weather and shelter-in-place drill.

The Superintendent or appropriate designee must conduct a law enforcement drill in 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 buildings.

In the event of an emergency that threatens the safety of any person or property, students and staff are encouraged to use any available cellular telephone.  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.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

The Superintendent or designee shall implement a plan with the District’s local fire officials to:

  1. Determine which school buildings to equip with approved carbon monoxide alarms or carbon monoxide detectors.
  2. Locate the required carbon monoxide alarms or carbon monoxide detectors within 20 feet of a carbon monoxide emitting device, and
  3. Incorporate carbon monoxide alarm or detector activation procedures into each school building that requires a carbon monoxide alarm or detector.  The Superintendent or designee shall ensure each school building annually reviews these procedures.

Convicted Child Sex Offender and Notification Laws

State law prohibits a child sex offender from being present on school property within 500 feet of school property when persons under the age of 18 are present, unless the offender is:

  1. 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 notifies the Building Principal of his or her presence at the school; or
  2. Has permission to be present from the School Board, 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 offender whenever the offender is in a child’s vicinity.

If a student is a sex offender, 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 Notification Law.  The Building Principal or designee shall serve as the District contact person for purposes of these laws.  The Superintendent and Building Principal 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, amended by P.A.s 97-248 and 97-607, or who is listed in the Statewide Illinois Sex Offender Registry or the Statewide Illinois Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Database Registry. The contractor shall obtain make every employee who will be sent to any school building or school property available to the District for the purpose of submitting to a fingerprint-based criminal history records check pursuant to 105 ILCS 5/10-21.9. The check shall occur before sending any employee or agent is sent to any school building or school property. The contractor will reimburse the District for the costs of the checks. The District must also provide a copy of the report to the individual employee, but is not authorized to release it to the contractor. Additionally, at least quarterly, the contractor shall check if an employee or agent is listed on the Statewide Illinois Sex Offender Registry or the Statewide Illinois Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Database Registry.

If the District receives information that concerns the record of conviction as a sex offender of any employee of a District contractor, the District will provide the information to another school, school district, community college district, or private school that requests it.

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:

  1. All students attending a persistently dangerous school, as defined by State law and identified by the Illinois State Board of Education.
  2. 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.

Student Insurance

The School Board shall annually 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 unless the parents/guardiansstate in writing that the student is covered under a family health insurance plan.

Emergency Closing

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.


CROSS REF.:            4:170-AP2, 4:170-AP3, 4:170-AP6, 5:30, 5:30-AP2, 6:190, 6:250, 7:220, 7:300, 8:30, 8:100

ADOPTED:     October 4, 1999

LEGAL REF.:  Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, P.L. 109-248.

20 ILCS 2635/.

105 ILCS 5/10-20.28, 5/10-20.2, 5/10-20.56, 5/18-12, 5/18-12.5, 5/21B-80, 5/10-21.9, and 128/.

210 ILCS 74/.

625 ILCS 5/12-813.1.

720 ILCS 5/11-9.3.

730 ILCS 152/101 et seq.


REVISED:       December 16, 2002; June 24, 2004; April 27, 2006; February 22, 2007; August 28, 2008; April 30, 2009; February 24, 2011; July 25, 2013; December 17, 2015

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