(105 ILCS 128/25)
(a) Each public school district, through its school board or the board's designee, shall conduct a minimum of one annual meeting at which it will review each school building's emergency and crisis response plans, protocols, and procedures and each building's compliance with the school safety drill programs. The purpose of this annual review shall be to review and update the emergency and crisis response plans, protocols, and procedures and the school safety drill programs of the district and each of its school buildings.
(b) Each school board or the board's designee is required to participate in the annual review and to invite each of the following parties to the annual review and provide each party with a minimum of 30-days' notice before the date of the annual review:
(1) The principal of each school within the
school district or his or her official designee.
(2) Representatives from any other
education-related organization or association deemed appropriate by the school district.
(3) Representatives from all local first responder
organizations to participate, advise, and consult in the review process, including, but not limited to:
(A) the appropriate local fire department
(B) the appropriate local law enforcement
(C) the appropriate local emergency
medical services agency if the agency is a separate, local first responder unit; and
(D) any other member of the first
responder or emergency management community that has contacted the district superintendent or his or her designee during the past year to request involvement in a school's emergency planning or drill process.
(4) The school board or its designee may also choose
to invite to the annual review any other persons whom it believes will aid in the review process, including, but not limited to, any members of any other education-related organization or the first responder or emergency management community.
(c) Upon the conclusion of the annual review, the school board or the board's designee shall sign a one page report, which may be in either a check-off format or a narrative format, that does the following:
(1) summarizes the review's recommended changes to
the existing school safety plans and drill plans;
(2) lists the parties that participated in the annual
review, and includes the annual review's attendance record;
(3) certifies that an effective review of the
emergency and crisis response plans, protocols, and procedures and the school safety drill programs of the district and each of its school buildings has occurred;
(4) states that the school district will implement
those plans, protocols, procedures, and programs, during the academic year; and
(5) includes the authorization of the school board or
(d) The school board or its designee shall send a copy of the report to each party that participates in the annual review process and to the appropriate regional superintendent of schools. If any of the participating parties have comments on the certification document, those parties shall submit their comments in writing to the appropriate regional superintendent. The regional superintendent shall maintain a record of these comments. The certification document may be in a check-off format or narrative format, at the discretion of the district superintendent.
(e) The review must occur at least once during the fiscal year, at a specific time chosen at the school district superintendent's discretion.
(Source: P.A. 96-734, eff. 8-25-09.)