Safety and Security

  • Framework for Safety and Security

    Lake Forest Elementary School District 67 believes that safe schools are the result of a coordinated, collaborative effort between all District stakeholders. This includes school staff, local law enforcement, emergency first responders, community members, parents, and most importantly, students. We proactively engage these stakeholders to create a safe and productive learning environment throughout our District and schools.

    The safety and security programs in both Districts are concentrated in five key areas:

    1. Facilities and Infrastructure
    2. Policies and Procedures
    3. Culture and Climate
    4. Training and Education
    5. Community Partnerships

    Incident Command System

    Every District 67 school building has an Incident Command System (ICS) in place which provides overall direction and sets priorities for an emergency. Functions are assigned to school administrators and staff with specific roles and responsibilities to assist in the management of a crisis.

    Secured Access to Buildings

    All exterior doors in every school building are locked during the school day. Access to school buildings after the regular school day schedule is restricted to athletics and extracurricular activities and events.


    Visitor Management

    All school building visitors are screened in a secure vestibule through the LobbyGuard Visitor Management System that requires visitors to scan a valid driver's license prior to obtaining a badge to enter the school. The software immediately alerts personnel should a visitor be identified as a risk. The LobbyGuard System also allows school officials to enter information on Orders of Protection, Trespass Notices, or other community alerts. Once approved, they must sign in and out of the front office.

    Visitors are expected to comply with all Board of Education policies and school conduct procedures. Visitors to and Conduct on School Property (Board Policy 8:30)

    Community Partnerships
    Districts 67 maintains active partnership and cooperation with local organizations.
     
    Lake Forest Police Department (LFPD) and School Resource Officers (SROs)
    District 67 employs one full-time SRO to increase security and serve as a law enforcement liaison for the schools. The SROs undergo specialized training related to juvenile justice and are certified to work with youth. The SROs operate under the SRO Triad Model endorsed by the National School Resource Officers Association (NASRO). By serving as a mentor/informal counselor, educator, and law enforcement officer, the SRO is uniquely positioned to meet the needs of the school communities by maintaining order on the school campuses, reducing the fear of crime within the schools, enforcing the law, aiding in the creation and implementation of effective emergency plans, bridging the gap between youth and law enforcement, and creating positive impressions that transcend the school environment. These officers also help troubled youth change behaviors that might otherwise lead to involvement with the criminal justice system.
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    District 67 SRO

    Ofc. Misa Maj
    Deer Path Middle School, Cherokee Elementary School, Everett Elementary School, and Sheridan Elementary School
    mmaj@lfschools.net

    Lake Forest Fire Department

    The Lake Forest Fire Department regularly reviews and participates in our fire and severe weather drills.

    Illinois School Safety Drill Act

    District 67 complies with the 105 ILCS 128 Illinois School Safety Drill Act, which lays out minimum requirements and standards for schools to follow when conducting school safety drills and reviewing school emergency and crisis response plans and to encourage schools and first responders to work together for the safety of children.

    The Illinois School Safety Drill Act:

    • Establishes a minimum number and type of school safety drills schools must conduct.
      • Evacuation Drills - 3 per year (with 1 requiring the participation of local fire dept.).
      • Bus Evacuation Drills - 1 per year
      • Law Enforcement Drills (including Lockdowns) - 1 per year
      • Severe Weather/Shelter-in-Place - 1 per year requiring law enforcement participation
    • Requires school emergency and crisis plans to be reviewed annually by schools and first responders.
    • Requires reporting to ensure compliance.
    • Requires all Districts to establish Behavior Threat Assessment Teams and adopt formal policies and procedures that are filed with the Regional Office of Education.

    After a safety drill or other emotionally challenging incident, children may have questions about the event and this is very typical. Listed below are several resources for parents and families to assist in conversations:


    Emergency Situation Notification/Alert Information

    Since the nature and scope of emergencies affecting the school can vary, classes are not automatically canceled for every emergency situation. To improve communication and understanding, parents and guardians are encouraged to:  

    • During an emergency situation, please remain accessible and monitor your phone.
    • Update the contact numbers provided to the school.
    • Don't call the school during an emergency. Phone lines need to remain open for emergency communication.
    • Depending on the situation, access to the school campus may be restricted for an extended period of time.
    • Do not permit your child to leave campus without being signed out through the Attendance Office.


    BrightArrow Notification System

    The BrightArrow system is the primary means of notification by the Districts and will be utilized in the event of an emergency or weather-related closing. An alert will be sent to the primary phone number you provided when you first registered with the Districts. Maintaining the accuracy of your profile by contacting your school office if your information changes will increase the ability of the school to keep you informed.

    Emergency Release/Dismissal

    In most cases, parents will be allowed to pick up their children at the school building, unless public safety officials have restricted access to the campus. In the event of restricted access, you will be directed to the designated reunification site.

    Supporting Social and Emotional Wellbeing of Students

    To create a safe learning environment, schools must care for the “whole child.” District 67 is committed to the social and emotional well-being of our students. By establishing a responsive school culture, with varied resources and strong support systems, D67 schools strive for the healthy growth and development of students.


    Suspicious Activity Reporting and the INCIDENT REPORTING FORMS

    Safety is a top priority at District 67 schools. The school-specific Incident Reporting Forms (located on the school website homepages) are an internal notification system designed to alert school officials about potential threats at District 67 schools. The Incident Reporting Forms empower students to become active stakeholders in the safety, security and well-being of our District 67 schools.

    The Incident Reporting Forms can be used to report any of the following situations:

    • School violence or threats
    • Weapons
    • Bullying and harassment
    • Drug activity
    • Other issues affecting students

    When a report is received, a school administrator will evaluate the concern and take action to address the issue. Students are not required to provide their names in order to make a report. Submissions are only monitored during normal school hours.

    D67 Incident Reporting Form Links:

    Cherokee
    Everett
    Sheridan
    DPM

    In the event of an emergency after hours, or away from campus, students should contact local authorities.

    To discuss a situation directly with a school administrator, please call your school office.

    • Cherokee (847) 234-3805
    • Everett (847) 234-5713
    • Sheridan (847) 234-1160
    • DPM-East (847) 615-4470
    • DPM-West (847) 604-7400

    As stakeholders, our parents, guardians, and families play a significant role in school safety and security. Please have regular conversations with your children about the importance of notifying school officials when they see or hear any suspicious activity involving any D67 schools. It is equally important to discuss the consequences of making/implying threats, in person, or on social media.This dialogue can help our students understand the negative impact that this type of behavior can have on our schools, as well as on their friends and their future.

    Additionally, parents, guardians, and families are encouraged to contact your building principal if they believe their child can benefit from counseling or any other support.

    Please note: The Incident Reporting Form is not a replacement for Text-A-Tip.” The Incident Reporting Form is an in-house program monitored and managed by D67 Administrators. Students interested in contacting a Licensed Clinical Social Worker should continue to use the “Text-A-Tip” App.

    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Hours: Available 24 hours. Languages: English, Spanish. 800-273-8255 | Website
    • Crisis Text Line – Text HOME to 741741 to reach a volunteer Crisis Counselor.
    • Text-a-Tip – 24/7 anonymous support for students who need help for themselves or a friend. 1-844-823-5323 to connect with a trained counselor.

    For more information, community members can contact JoAnn Ford-Halvorsen, Director of Student Services, jfordhalvorsen@lfschools.net or 847-582-9662.

    Additional Resources

    https://www.stopbullying.gov/
    https://www.samhsa.gov/
    https://www.lakecountyil.gov/2228/Emergency-Management-Agency
    https://www2.illinois.gov/ready/SiteCollectionDocuments/K-12SchoolSecurityPracticesGuide.pdf
    https://www.dhs.gov/cisa/school-safety-and-security
    https://www.mhanational.org/talking-kids-about-school-safety

  • Emergency Resources

    Additional information on emergency preparedness can be found at the following websites:


    District 67 Lockdown Safety Drill Notification

    As required by Illinois, schools must provide sufficient information and notification to parents and guardians in advance of any walk-through lockdown drill that involves the participation of students.

    As required by the Illinois School Safety Drill Act (105 ILCS 128/20), schools must also provide parents and guardians with an opportunity to exempt their child for any reason from participating in the walk-through lockdown drill.

    If your student is exempted from the drill, the school must provide alternative safety education and instruction related to an active threat or active shooter event. Students who do not participate in a walk-through lockdown drill will be provided with essential information, training, and instruction through less sensorial safety training methods.