State of Illinois
2013 and 2014


Introduced , by Rep. Rich Brauer


105 ILCS 128/25

    Amends the School Safety Drill Act. Provides that in updating a public school building's emergency and crisis response plans, the school board shall ensure that the plans are accessible in a digital format. Requires every effort to be made to make the emergency and crisis response plans available to first responders, administrators, and teachers for implementation and utilization on handheld electronic devices.

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1    AN ACT concerning education.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The School Safety Drill Act is amended by
5changing Section 25 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 128/25)
7    Sec. 25. Annual review.
8    (a) Each public school district, through its school board
9or the board's designee, shall conduct a minimum of one annual
10meeting at which it will review each school building's
11emergency and crisis response plans, protocols, and procedures
12and each building's compliance with the school safety drill
13programs. The purpose of this annual review shall be to review
14and update the emergency and crisis response plans, protocols,
15and procedures and the school safety drill programs of the
16district and each of its school buildings. In updating a school
17building's emergency and crisis response plans, the school
18board shall ensure that the plans are accessible in a digital
19format. Every effort must be made to make the emergency and
20crisis response plans available to first responders,
21administrators, and teachers for implementation and
22utilization on handheld electronic devices, such as
23smartphones, tablets, and laptop computers.



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1    (b) Each school board or the board's designee is required
2to participate in the annual review and to invite each of the
3following parties to the annual review and provide each party
4with a minimum of 30-days' notice before the date of the annual
6        (1) The principal of each school within the school
7    district or his or her official designee.
8        (2) Representatives from any other education-related
9    organization or association deemed appropriate by the
10    school district.
11        (3) Representatives from all local first responder
12    organizations to participate, advise, and consult in the
13    review process, including, but not limited to:
14            (A) the appropriate local fire department or
15        district;
16            (B) the appropriate local law enforcement agency;
17            (C) the appropriate local emergency medical
18        services agency if the agency is a separate, local
19        first responder unit; and
20            (D) any other member of the first responder or
21        emergency management community that has contacted the
22        district superintendent or his or her designee during
23        the past year to request involvement in a school's
24        emergency planning or drill process.
25        (4) The school board or its designee may also choose to
26    invite to the annual review any other persons whom it



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1    believes will aid in the review process, including, but not
2    limited to, any members of any other education-related
3    organization or the first responder or emergency
4    management community.
5    (c) Upon the conclusion of the annual review, the school
6board or the board's designee shall sign a one page report,
7which may be in either a check-off format or a narrative
8format, that does the following:
9        (1) summarizes the review's recommended changes to the
10    existing school safety plans and drill plans;
11        (2) lists the parties that participated in the annual
12    review, and includes the annual review's attendance
13    record;
14        (3) certifies that an effective review of the emergency
15    and crisis response plans, protocols, and procedures and
16    the school safety drill programs of the district and each
17    of its school buildings has occurred;
18        (4) states that the school district will implement
19    those plans, protocols, procedures, and programs, during
20    the academic year; and
21        (5) includes the authorization of the school board or
22    the board's designee.
23    (d) The school board or its designee shall send a copy of
24the report to each party that participates in the annual review
25process and to the appropriate regional superintendent of
26schools. If any of the participating parties have comments on



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1the certification document, those parties shall submit their
2comments in writing to the appropriate regional
3superintendent. The regional superintendent shall maintain a
4record of these comments. The certification document may be in
5a check-off format or narrative format, at the discretion of
6the district superintendent.
7    (e) The review must occur at least once during the fiscal
8year, at a specific time chosen at the school district
9superintendent's discretion.
10(Source: P.A. 96-734, eff. 8-25-09.)