Safety and Security preparedness is a top priority in District 49. School safety is the responsibility of everyone – students and parents, along with staff and community members. District- and school-level safety and security teams are constantly coordinating with their local law enforcement partners. The district conducts monthly emergency procedure drills, as well as individualized training opportunities with school faculty.
We're constantly auditing our processes for effectiveness and efficiencies, which includes identifying those areas that need improvement. This proactive process helps us ensure that our students can maximize their learning potential within a safe and secure environment. In 2020, based on community feedback, we enhanced our security posture by adding armed security officers at select District 49 campuses. As budgets allow, we plan to grow this security measure in the future.
School safety encompasses multiple domains within the school environment. Each must be reviewed when assessing the level of safety for students and staff. Some components of our assessment process include development and enforcement of policies; procedures for data collection; development of intervention and prevention plans; the level of staff development; opportunities for student involvement; the level of parent and community involvement; the role of law enforcement; standards for safety and security personnel; safety and security of buildings and grounds; and development of emergency response plans.
On this page, we share resources for the opportunity to find out more about how to keep your kids safe and happy.