D20 SAFETY & SECURITY
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The safety of our students, staff, and visitors is always a top priority for District 20.
A safe school is a place where learning can occur in a welcoming environment, free of intimidation, violence, and fear. District 20 is dedicated to providing a safe environment for children so they can focus on learning and growing. Safe school planning is an ongoing and collaborative partnership that includes local emergency responders, community members, social service networks, parents, students, staff, and administrators.
District 20 has developed a multi-tiered approach for school safety and emergency preparedness, which is detailed in the D20 Emergency Operations Plan. We understand that personal safety includes both school safety, as well as a person's physical and social-emotional well-being. The district's comprehensive planning includes all four phases of emergency and disaster management:
- Prevention: the capabilities needed to avoid, deter, or stop an incident
- Preparation: the capabilities needed to (a) protect students, teachers, staff, visitors, networks, and property against potential natural and human-caused threats or hazards, and (b) mitigate the likelihood of an incident or to reduce the impact of one
- Response: the capabilities needed to stabilize an incident, save lives, establish a safe and secure environment, and facilitate the transition to recovery
- Recovery: the capabilities needed to restore the learning environment
This section is intended to serve as a one-stop-shop for families to find answers to broad safety and security questions. It should be noted that the complete scope of District 20's emergency and crisis response planning and preparedness cannot be described publicly in order to maintain the security of our safety protocols and procedures. Of course, if you have questions or concerns that are not addressed below, please reach out to your school or district office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- How does District 20 prepare for school emergencies?
- How can Parents/Guardians prepare for school emergencies?
- How does District 20 respond to emergencies?
- How does District 20 communicate emergency information?
- What should Parents/Guardians do during an emergency situation a school?
- Visitor Procedures & Building Security
- Safety Drills & Practice
- Preventative Measures and Mental Health Supports
- Digital Safety
- Transportation Safety
- School Safety is a Shared Responsibility - See Something, Say Something!
Safe school planning is an ongoing and dynamic process that is comprehensive, evaluative, and constantly evolving. Professional development and collaborative partnerships are necessary to the success of the safety plan and emergency management efforts that include prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery procedures. District 20's safe school planning involves an ongoing and working relationship with local emergency responders, community members, social service networks, parents, students, and staff.
District 20 meets annually with first responders from Hanover Park, Roselle, and Bloomingdale and as needed to review District 20's emergency management and crisis response plan and procedures. District 20 has also engaged a safety consultant to ensure that our safety plans follow current best practices. Updates are also recommended based on national emergency response best practices and the unique safety needs of District 20.
District 20 also has a multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach to identifying, investigating, assessing, and handling potential threats to students, staff, and our school community. The District has an established District Threat Assessment Team, as well as individual School Threat Assessment Teams that are comprised of administrators, social workers, psychologist, other school staff, and local law enforcement.
District 20 schools practice a variety of safety drills throughout the year to ensure that everyone is prepared if an emergency occurs. These safety drills include fire drills, tornado/severe weather drills, bus evacuation drills, and active threat drills. Drills are designed to educate and prepare students. Schools are very careful to avoid scaring students during drills.
If updates to district or school emergency procedures are necessary, they are communicated to administrators and principals who review the plan with their teachers and staff at the start of the school year, and as needed throughout the year.
Teachers keep copies of a summarized emergency classroom action guide which they can quickly reference during actual emergency situations. These guides are also available to and reviewed with substitutes.
A primary safety component of the emergency plan requires that plan details are only available to employees and emergency responders.
Keep Your Child's Information Up to Date
In the event of a school emergency, communication from the school/district to parents/guardians will be made via email, phone calls, the district website, and district social media. Emergency messages will be sent to all phone numbers and emails listed in Skyward when a student is registered for school, including emergency contact numbers.
It is important that you make sure that your current contact information has been submitted via Skyward Family Access so that we are able to send you emergency notifications. If you are unable to access Skyward, please contact your school office so that they can help you to update your contact information.
Opt-in to Receive Emergency Notifications - Phone, Email & Text Messages
You must opt-in to receive emergency notifications during school hours and/or non-school hours, via Skyward Family Access. Please see the image below for instructions and contact your school office if you need assistance.
Follow the Rules
Exterior school doors are locked during the school day. Visitors must ring the doorbell and be visually and verbally identified via the entry camera before gaining school entry. Visitors are asked to verify their name and purpose for visiting the school. Once approved and buzzed -n, visitors must sign-in at the front desk, provide a valid ID, and pick-up a visitor's badge before continuing to their destination. Thank you for your cooperation!
Talk to Your Child
Use age-appropriate language to describe the importance of school safety drills in preparing for the unlikely event of an emergency. Stress the importance of remaining calm and listening to the teacher or trusted school employee in charge during a drill or an actual emergency. Encourage your child to be vigilant and report information if they see or hear something suspicious. Please stress that it is never okay to make a threat against anyone or the school.
Create a Family Plan
School safety drills complement home safety drills. If you have not done so already ,we recommend that you create a family preparedness plan.
While there are many crisis situations that can occur, they generally fall into five categories: Shelter-in-Place (Severe Weather), Secure and Teach (Outside Hazard); Secure and Teach (Inside Hazard), Evacuation (Fire), and Lockdown (Active Threat). Below please find a description of each of these categories and how we communicate during them.
Shelter-in-Place (Severe Weather) procedures are used when severe weather requires relocation within the building for safety (i.e., tornadoes and other severe weather). Designated shelters are in areas of the building that maximize the safety of occupants. Designated shelter areas may change depending on the type of emergency.
- During tornado watches, all students must stay indoors, but instruction and bus service will continue.
- During a tornado warning or other severe weather, all regular school activities will cease, and students move to a designated shelter-in-place area until the warning is lifted. Students may be asked to face a wall, kneel and be ready to cover their heads with their arms and hands to protect them from debris. Students and staff will remain at the designated area until an "all clear" is announced.
- The District will send families an email, robocall and text if severe weather alters the school schedule or causes a safety hazard.
- Please see District 20's Inclement Weather Policy for information relating to winter weather/snow day procedures.
Secure and Teach (Outside Hazard) procedures are used when there is a hazard outside the building that requires individuals to remain inside the school building for safety (i.e., nearby policy activity, a local hazardous waste spill). Students who are outside at recess or physical education are brought inside. Students and staff will be asked to remain inside their classrooms or offices with normal instruction until instructed otherwise. All exterior doors are locked and no one is permitted to enter or exit. During these situations, the school will contact families and staff, as soon as information can be coordinated and confirmed with the appropriate emergency responder.
Secure and Teach (Inside Hazard) procedures are used when there is a crisis that does not place students and staff in imminent danger but requires containing everyone in place in the building for safety (i.e., a medical emergency or escalating student or visitor who is not perceived to be imminently dangerous). Classroom instruction continues as normal, but everyone in the building is directed to remain in their current locations until instructed otherwise. During these situations, the school will contact families and staff information as soon as the information can be coordinated and confirmed with the appropriate emergency responder.
Evacuation (Fire) procedures are initiated when a hazard inside the building requires relocating outside the building for safety (i.e., fire, gas leak, or other in-school hazard). Classrooms will follow evacuation procedures outlined in their emergency classroom action plan to safely transfer students to a designated location outside the building. An Off-Campus Evacuation may be necessary when circumstances require relocation of students and staff to a remote site for their safety. In this situation, students will be transported, accounted for, and released to their parent/guardian when safe to do so. The school will contact families and staff as soon as information can be coordinated and confirmed with the fire department and any other emergency responders.
Lockdown (Active Threat) procedures are implemented when there is a serious or volatile threat to the school that could jeopardize the physical safety of students and staff (i.e., dangerous intruder in the building). During a lockdown situation, staff, students, and visitors will have to assess their situation and know their options: Run - Lockdown/Hide - Fight. When in lockdown/hide, all students and visitors are brought inside a classroom or office, windows and doors are locked, lights are turned off, and barricades are used. Everyone should remain quiet and cell phones should be silenced. If safe evacuation is possible, students, visitors, and staff will quickly and quietly leave the building to a safe area. If safe escape or hiding is not possible, and if under imminent attack, staff have been trained that taking action to defend themselves and their students is the last resort attempt. During a lockdown/active threat situation, the district or school will contact families and staff as soon as information can be coordinated and confirmed with the appropriate emergency responder.
In the event of a school emergency, District 20's top priority is student, staff, and visitor safety. The District works closely with the police and fire departments, and it typically takes time to gather and confirm accurate information. District 20 will communicate crisis information to families as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience!
For larger crisis situations or emergencies requiring parent's immediate response (i.e., early dismissal), District 20 or your child's school will communicate with families and staff by email, robocall, and text messaging. It is important that your contact information in Skyward Family Access is up to date. Depending on the situation, the District will also share information via the district website and social media.
District 20 aims to provide families and staff with as much detail and transparency as possible in our crisis communications. Please note, however, that by law school districts cannot release confidential information or information that could compromise an investigation.
If you receive an emergency message from your school or the district that does not provide details, it is likely because additional information cannot be shared. We realize that our families and staff will be on high alert when situations arise, and we will share as much information as possible in any given situation.
There may be instances when emergency responders visit your child's school that do not require a communication. For example, police and fire departments often visit schools to teach lessons on school safety. If you do see emergency responders at school, please do not jump to conclusions or speculate.
District 20 or your child's school will contact you if there is a safety issue. If you have questions about something that you have observed, please contact your school to obtain the facts.
Please be patient: in true emergencies it may take time to verify and coordinate information with emergency responders.
Stay Calm and Stay Alert
In the event of a school emergency, please remain calm and know that school staff, district personnel, and law enforcement are working to keep your child safe. District 20 fully understands the importance of communication during an emergency and we are prepared to provide ongoing updates throughout the situation. Based on the circumstances, the District may provide information via emails, phone calls, district social media, and the district website. Please know that the media may not always communicate accurate information. In addition, we know that during an emergency, many students will try to call or text their parents/guardians. If this occurs, we ask you to remain calm and reassuring. Encourage your student to follow the directions of school staff.
Stay Away from the School
We understand that your first instinct will be to go to the school to see your child, especially in a difficult situation. If there is a crisis, the school may be locked down and you will not have immediate access to your child. Arriving at school before it is secure can interfere with the emergency response and puts you in danger. In addition, rushing to school may create chaos and traffic that may block emergency responders from getting to the school or leaving if necessary to transport injured persons to emergency medical facilities.
Families should not come to pick up their child(ren) unless given the direction to do so from District 20.
Keep Phone Lines Open
We ask that families do not call school or the district office in the event of an emergency. This allows phone lines to stay open for communication with emergency personnel and school officials. It also helps school staff to remain focused on the safety of the students. The school/district will communicate any information with you as soon as possible via Skyward/Skylert, emails, phone calls, district website or district social media.
Please remain vigilant and wait for communication regarding next steps.
Do Not Call the Police Department or 911
The police department will be dealing with the school emergency and the dispatch line must remain open for any other emergencies that could occur in the community. Calling to ask what is going on at the school will only take away from the dispatcher being able to handle other emergencies, and also interrupt communication with the police on site at the school.
Be Prepared with your Photo ID
In the event of a school evacuation, District 20 will follow standard reunification plan to ensure students are safely returned to their families. The District will communication the reunification site and instructions. Families and/or individuals listed as an authorized person to pick up your child should do the following:
- Bring valid form of identification (ID
- Follow signage and parking directions to the reunification location
- Complete the provided reunification form
- Provide school personnel at the check-in table with a valid form of photo ID and the completed reunification form
- Wait patiently as District 20 staff retrieves and escorts your student to you
The District works hard to evaluate current safety practices and enhance protocols at all of our schools. School security involves multiple layers and requires the cooperation of school staff, parents, and students.
District 20 welcomes parents, families, and community members into our schools. All of our buildings have limited and secured entry points for visitors. Those visiting must identify themselves verbally and visually, and state the purpose of their visit, before being allowed to enter the building. If visiting a classroom or other area beyond the main office during school hours, visitors and volunteers must provide government-issued identification and undergo a background check via our Raptor System. Once approved, visitors must wear a visitor badge at all times and abide by Board Policy 8:30 Visitors to and Conduct on School Property. When outside organizations use D20 facilities, they must abide by Board Policy 8:20 Community Use of School Facilities.
Other security measures incude emergency devices and surveillance cameras to monitor suspicious activity inside and outside of school buildings. Radio devices are used by our administrators and staff who are part of the building crisis teams so that they can communicate with one another via radio during an emergency. All employees, substitutes, and visitors are required to wear visible ID badges while in the building which eliminates the circulation of keys and allows the district to monitor when and where people enter/exit our buildings.
The district has worked with local emergency responders and independent safety experts to conduct building inspections and make recommendations for safety improvements when necessary.
District 20 abides by the Illinois School Safety Drill Act (105 ILCS 128/) which requires schools to conduct a variety of safety drills annually to prepare students and staff in the case of emergency. School safety drills are conducted during the school day when students and staff are present.
- Evacuation/Fire Drills (3 drills annually, at least one involving the local fire department present to observe and provide direction and feedback)
- Shelter-in-Place/Severe Weather Drill
- Lockdown/Active Shooter Drill (Run-Hide/Lockdown-Fight) (at least one involving the police department present to observe and provide direction and feedback)
- Bus Evacuation Drill
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District 20 takes a proactive approach to the social-emotional well-being and mental health needs of our students and staff. We have a variety of programs and resources aimed at creating and maintaining a healthy and safe teaching and learning environment.
Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) in all D20 schools teaches students to be responsible for their own behaviors with the expectation to Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible. Staff members consistently teach, model, and reinforce appropriate behaviors for students.
Social-Emotional Wellness and Mental Health are a priority for District 20 as we recognize that students are unable to engage in learning if they are struggling socially, emotionally, or mentally. The District 20 Student Services Staff includes social workers and psychologists who help to screen, assess student risk for emotional and behavioral problems, and support student needs in all of our buildings.
D20 Staff focus on forming relationships with our students so that we are prepared to provide support if they need it and so they feel comfortable reporting to us when they hear or see unsafe or concerning behaviors in themselves or others. We ask our families to reinforce this message at home by letting them know that they can also come to you whenever they feel unsafe and remind them that they should report any suspicions and concerns about school safety.
District 20 also encourages students, parents, and staff to utilize the resources below.
Safe2Help Illinois is a confidential way to share any information that threatens your safety or the safety of others.
What is Safe2Help IL?
Safe2Help Illinois provides a safe, confidential way to share information that might help prevent suicides, bullying, school violence or other threats to school safety. The goal is to get students to "Seek Help Before Harm."
This program provides a 24/7 confidential helpline via phone/email/text/mobile app/web form, student resources (including self-help resources, videos and tips & tools), educational resources, and community outreach.
What happens after the call?
Students can use Safe2Help IL to share concerns about themselves or others. Once vetted, the information will be immediately shared with local school officials, mental health professionals, and/or local law enforcement, depending on the nature of the tip.
What is the goal of Safe2Help IL?
It is important to note that this program is not intended to punish, suspend of expel students. Rather, the intent is to encourage students to "seek help before harm" with the goal of intervening and helping students before they harm themselves or others. Long-term goals are to remove the stigma associated with mental health issues, promote a culture of kindness, and instill important lessons such as the difference between telling and tattling, internet safety, and suicide prevention.
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
Built on a concept of connecting with those who are experiencing suicidal or mental health crises, the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline primarily seeks to offer a sense of hope. We want that hope to encourage people to call, chat or text 988 if they or a loved one are in a suicidal or mental health-related crisis.
What is 988?
988 offers 24/7 access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing mental health-related distress. That could be:
- Thoughts of suicide
- Mental health or substance use crisis
- Any other kind of emotion distress
You can call for yourself or on behalf of someone else you are worried about who may need crisis support.
988 Suicide & Crisis Hotline was formerly called the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The 1-800-273-TALK (8255) number still works, 988 is just easier to remember. Using either number will get you to the same services.
- What happens when I call 988?
- What happens when I chat 988?
- What happens when I text 988?
- Does calling/texting/chatting the 988 Lifeline really help?
- How is 988 different than 911?
When calling 988, callers will hear a greeting message while your call is routed to the local Lifeline network crisis center (based on your area code). A trained crisis counselor will answer the phone, listen to the caller, works to understand how the problem is affecting them, provide support, and share resources if needed.
If the local crisis center is unable to take the call, the caller is automatically routed back to the national backup crisis center.
The Lifeline uses Language Line Solutions to provide translation services in over 250 additional languages.
Chat is available through the Lifeline's website at 988lifeline.org/chat in English only.
People seeking chat services are provided a pre-chat survey before connecting with a counselor, who identifies the main area of concern.
If demand is high, people can access the Lifeline's helpful resources while waiting.
Once you are connected, a crisis counselor listens to you, works to understand how your problem is affecting you, provides support, and shares resources that may be helpful.
When you text to 988, you will be responded to by a group of Lifeline crisis centers that answer both chats and texts. The service will expand over the next few years to increase local and state level response. Once you are connected, a crisis counselor listens to you, works to understand how your problem is affecting you, provides support, and shares resources that may be helpful. Currently texting is available in English only.
Yes, the Lifeline works. Numerous studies have shown that most Lifeline callers are significantly more likely to feel less depressed, less suicidal, less overwhelmed, and more hopeful after speaking to a Lifeline crisis counselor.
Almost 98% people who call, chat, or text the 988 Lifeline get the crisis support they need and do not require additional services in that moment. The counselors are trained to help reduce the intensity of a situation for the person seeking help, and connect them to additional local resources, as needed, to support their well-being.
988 was established to improve access to crisis services in a way that meets our country's growing suicide and mental health-related crisis care needs. 988 provides easier access to the Lifeline network and related crisis resources, which are distinct from the public safety purposes of 911 (where the focus is on dispatching Emergency Medical Services, fire and police as needed).
Crisis Text Line
REACH to 741741
The Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support via a medium people already use and trust: texting.
What is the Crisis Text Line?
The Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7, high-quality text-based mental health support and crisis intervention by empowering a community of trained volunteers to support people in their moments of need.
1. First, you are in a crisis. Crisis doesn't just mean thinking of ending your own life, it is any painful emotion and any time you need support. So text us at 741741. Your opening message can say anything, keywords like "REACH," "HOME" or "HELLO" just help us to identify how people hear about us.
2. The first two responses are automated. They tell you that you are being connected with a Crisis Counselor and invite you to share a bit more. The Crisis Counselor is a trained volunteer, not a professional. They can provide support, but not medical advice.
3. It usually takes less than 5 minutes to connect you with a Crisis Counselor, who will introduce themselves, reflect on what you've said, and invite you to share at your own pace.
4. You will then text back and forth with the Crisis Counselor. You do not need to share anything you don't want to. The Crisis Counselor will help you sort through your feelings by asking questions, empathizing, and actively listening.
5. The conversation typically ends when you and the Crisis Counselor both feel comfortable deciding that you're in a "cool," safe place. After the conversation, you will receive an optional survey about your experience.
6. The goal of any conversation is to get you in a calm, safe place. Sometimes that means providing you with a referral for further help, and sometimes that just means being there and listening. A conversation usually lasts anywhere from 15-45 minutes.
What is Safe School Helpline?
Safe School Helpline® helps to prevent violence and wrongdoing across our district. The helpline is designed to assist you to anonymously report any wrongdoing that impacts our students, staff or schools. For example, you may wish to report acts of violence, theft, drug or alcohol use, weapons or harassment.
Please see the instructions below to speak up to help keep our schools safe. Your message will not be traced and you will not be identified. The Safe School Helpline team will transcribe and fax your message to school officials, so that appropriate action can be taken if necessary.
District 20 partners with ReferralGPS to provide an anonymous easy to use secure website to locate Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Resources. Referral GPS allows students, parents, and staff to access their proprietary database of providers and care navigation services to help connect to mental health treatment.
- Al-Anon Meetings
- Alateen Meetings
- Divorce Care Groups
- Divorce Care for Kids
- DuPage Treatment Resources - CRIS System
- Grief Care
- Open Path Collective
- Single and Parenting
Technology has allowed us to communicate, share, and find entertainment much more easily than ever. Parents often need to help teach our children to make responsible decisions online and to understand the potential impact of their choices in the real world.
We have collected some helpful information and resources below to help you to stay informed about new digital trends, potential online risks, and ways that you can help keep your child safe as they use the internet and social media.
- Digital Readiness
- Digital Safety
- Guides for Apps
- Helpful Websites
- Parent Controls
- Talking to Your Child About Internet Safety
- When does school get involved with student conduct on internet or social media?
Who is Your Trusted Adult (for kids)
Creating a Positive Digital Culture – Tips on purchasing appropriate technology and setting-up the device for your child, reviewing important issues such as appropriate websites, apps and games for child, passwords, private information, household rules and limits, and more.
Know Your Child's Cyberworld -- suggestions on how to be a part of your child's online activities
Digital Safety Quiz for Parents – how much do you know about internet safety and what are your expectations for your child when using the internet?
Parent/Child Internet Use Agreement – establish rules and expectations for your child to follow when using the internet
Parent Scenarios: Responding to Online Behavior – Reflect on potential “what-if” situations that your child may encounter when engaging with others online.
Tip Sheets on Navigating Digital Safety - includes tip sheets for tweens, teens, parents, educators and law enforcement on a wide variety of topics including gaming safely, internet safety at home, cyberbullying, smartphone safety, social media safety and more.
ConnectSafely Guidelines – includes guides and quick references for parents to learn more about specific apps (including TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, Roblox, Amazon Fire TV), and other important issues including passwords, location sharing, cyberbullying, sexting, combating hate speech, parental controls, and much more.
Illinois Attorney General Internet Safety “Stay Connected, Stay Informed” website -- provides information and resources for kids, teenagers, parents + educators on digital safety. Includes issues related to use of computers, tablets, cell phones, games, apps, and social media.
* E-INFO HOTLINE: 1888-414-7678 or email email@example.com
Learning Technology Center of Illinois – Learning Resource Library -- provides information and resources that address essential and relevant K-12 education and technology topics, including digital citizenship and internet safety.
ConnectSafely Guidelines -- includes guides and quick references for parents to learn more about specific apps (including TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, Roblox, Amazon Fire TV), and other important issues including passwords, location sharing, cyberbullying, sexting, combating hate speech, parental controls, and much more.
Family Online Safety Institute – digital parenting resources through videos, tip sheets, resources, blogs, and more to provide tools to navigate the online world with their families.
NetSmartzKids – watch videos, play games, and have fun while learning how to be safer online.
Talk It Out . . . Conversation Starters & Questions – do you know where your child is online? Learn how to ask the important questions to help protect your child online.
Parent Scenarios: Responding to Online Behavior – Reflect on potential “what-if” situations that your child may encounter when engaging with others online.
School may get involved when a student’s prohibited conduct is reasonably related to school or school activities including, but not limited to, when the conduct occurs:
On or within sight of, school grounds before, during or after school hours or at any time;
Off school grounds at a school-sponsored activity or event, or any activity or event that bears a reasonable relationship to school;
Traveling to or from school or a school activity, function, or event; or
Anywhere, if the conduct interferes with, disrupts, or adversely affects the school environment, school operations, or an educational function, including but not limited to conduct that may be reasonably considered to (a) be a threat or an attempted intimidation of a staff member; or (b) endanger the health or safety of students, staff, or school property.
School Bus Safety
Many of our students travel to and from on a school bus. We are grateful for our transportation partner, Illinois Central, as the safety of our students is their top priority, just as it is a top priority for District 20. School buses are designed to protect students through compartmentalization with closely spaced seats and high, energy-absorbing seat backs. Seat belts protect students too. Please see below for bus safety tips.
At the Bus Stop
- Arrive early at the bus stop - at least 5 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive
- Stand 6 feet (or 3 giant steps) away from the curb while waiting for the bus
- Supervise young children
Around the Bus
- Cross in FRONT of the bus - at least 10 feet (or 5 giant steps) - and make eye contact with the driver before crossing
- NEVER WALK BEHIND THE BUS
- If you drop something near the bus, do not pick it up, tell the driver instead
Getting On/Off the Bus
- Wait until the bus has stopped and the door opens before approaching the bus or standing up on the bus
- Use the handrail
- Secure any loose or hanging objects like straps on a backpack or drawstrings on a hood
Behavior On the Bus
- Buckle up if seat belts are available
- Stay in your seat keeping head, arms, and papers inside the bus, and talk quietly
- Keep aisles clear of books and bags
School Safety is a Shared Responsibility
The prevention of violence in our communities and within our schools is a shared responsibility between schools, medical and mental health providers, community service providers, law enforcement, families, and students. Community safety must involve participation from all members of the community and the institutions that serve the community. The most effective way to best ensure safety is to prevent the conditions that perpetuate it.
District 20 focuses on prevention as the most important aspect of school safety. The research on underlying contributing factors to violence in schools overwhelming shows the need for supportive learning environments that all students feel connected to. District 20 emphasizes positive school culture and programs, and encourages initiatives that promote this including equitable environments, sense of belonging and identifiable trusted adults. When students are in crisis or do not feel safe or connected, our safety reporting mechanisms allow staff to act quickly to respond and allow our student services teams to intervene when students are in need.
See Something, Say Something
The district encourages all of our students, staff, and community to report personal or safety concerns to school, district, or one of our reporting mechanisms. This year, District 20 has expanded access and visibility of safety reporting, and has partnered with Safe2Help Illinois. Additional support and reporting helplines include 988 Suicide & Crisis Line, Crisis Text Line, Safe School Helpline, and ReferralGPS.
For more information on reporting and self-help resources go to D20 Student Supports.