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,
  3. One severe weather and shelter-in-place drill.
  4. One law enforcement 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.

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.

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.

430 ILCS 145/

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; January 26, 2017

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