District 41 has crisis management plans in place and regularly reviews, updates and practices its emergency procedures. Developed with the cooperation of Federal, State and local authorities, these procedures cover medical emergencies, weather emergencies, violence and crime including assaults and threats, hazardous material release, utility failure, and other situations that affect the welfare and safety of students, staff, visitors and the community. Questions about emergency procedures should be first directed to your building principal.
D41 has immediate access to the Glen Ellyn Police Department, and through them, access to a mutual aid organization of state, county and local agencies providing support during an emergency. Should our area be affected by a large-scale emergency such as a terrorist attack, these agencies would provide direction and support. In an emergency, District administrators will act immediately to implement appropriate building plans and notify the proper authorities. Once on the scene, police and fire representatives secure the building and take charge of the incident.
Students may be kept in the building, evacuated to the building grounds or taken to another location, depending on the situation.
D41 will use an automated phone system, D41 E-News, the media and the Web to inform parents of the situation.
Unless otherwise notified, parents are discouraged from coming to the school to pick up their children as this may interfere with emergency activities being carried out.
If emergency pickup is necessary, children will be released only to parents or to approved designees. Anyone picking up a child may be asked for identification, even parents.
You can help us anticipate and avoid crises: be alert when visiting school, report anything unusual that you observe or hear to your building principal and set a good example by being patient and conscientious about following school security procedures.
WHAT WE WILL DO---
Exterior doors are kept locked during the school day. All visitors, including parents and volunteers, must be buzzed into the building and are required to check in at the school office upon arrival. Even if you are a regular visitor or volunteer, you may be asked for identification and the reason for your visit. Visitors must wear identification badges while in the schools.
Crisis Response Teams
Each building has a crisis plan and a crisis team is avialable.
Fire, Tornado, Bus Drills
Fire drills and tornado drills are conducted regularly to ensure that teachers and students understand the procedures.
Students will be kept at school during a tornado warning until the all-clear signal is given. If the warning comes at dismissal time, students will not be dismissed and school buses will not depart until an all-clear is given.
Bus evacuation drills are held regularly so students know how to react in case of a bus accident while going to and from school or on a field trip.
Secure-in-Place drills are held regularly to give us practice responding to situations such as a stray animal, unwanted visitors entering the building or police activity in the neighborhood. Secure-in-Place is also a first-step in an event that could require us to shelter children in the building for a longer period.
Weapons and Threats
Any student who brings a weapon to school will be recommended for expulsion for at least one year and will be reported to local law enforcement authorities.
Staff members must report any student who threatens bodily harm to any member of the school community to the principal. The principal will also notify law enforcement authorities where appropriate.
The police/fire department representative or the superintendent will serve as the official spokesperson in a crisis.
Building telephone trees will be used to inform parents of school closings and emergency services. You may receive updates as frequently as the situation dictates. If your contact information changes, please let the school office know immediately so your files can be kept current.
WHAT YOU CAN DO---
Report any unlocked door to the principal immediately. Be patient with the inconvenience locked doors present to you.
Report directly to the school office when you enter a school, sign in and wear an identification badge. Please understand that you will be escorted to the office if you do not do so.
Report any unusual or disturbing behavior around school grounds immediately. Notify the principal during school hours or the Glen Ellyn Police after school hours.
Talk to your children about the importance of safe schools. Be sure they know what to do in an emergency. Be sure they understand the importance of reporting a student who threatens harm to himself or others. Confidentiality will be maintained to the fullest extent possible.
Remove guns from your home or put trigger locks on all guns kept in the home.
Have a back-up plan for child care if students must be sent home during an emergency.
Refrain from calling the school, which will tie up lines that will be needed for emergency use. Parents whose children are directly involved in a crisis will be contacted immediately.
Refrain from speaking to the media in crisis situations in order to avoid rumors and excessive disruptive coverage.