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Public Act 098-0048


 

Public Act 0048 98TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY



 


 
Public Act 098-0048
 
SB1625 EnrolledLRB098 09714 NHT 39863 b

    AN ACT concerning education.
 
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
 
    Section 5. The School Safety Drill Act is amended by
changing Sections 15 and 20 as follows:
 
    (105 ILCS 128/15)
    Sec. 15. Types of drills. Under this Act, the following
school safety drills shall be instituted by all schools in this
State:
        (1) School evacuation drills, which shall address and
    prepare students and school personnel for situations that
    occur when conditions outside of a school building are
    safer than inside a school building. Evacuation incidents
    are based on the needs of particular communities and may
    include without limitation the following:
            (A) fire;
            (B) suspicious items or persons;
            (C) incidents involving hazardous materials,
        including, but not limited to, chemical, incendiary,
        and explosives; and
            (D) bomb threats.
        (2) Bus evacuation drills, which shall address and
    prepare students and school personnel for situations that
    occur when conditions outside of a bus are safer than
    inside the bus. Evacuation incidents are based on the needs
    of particular communities and may include without
    limitation the following:
            (A) fire;
            (B) suspicious items; and
            (C) incidents involving hazardous materials,
        including, but not limited to, chemical, incendiary,
        and explosives.
        (3) Law enforcement drills, which shall address and
    prepare students and school personnel for situations
    calling for the involvement of law enforcement when
    conditions inside a school building are safer than outside
    of a school building and it is necessary to protect
    building occupants from potential dangers in a school
    building. Law enforcement drills may involve situations
    that call for the reverse-evacuation or the lock-down of a
    school building. Evacuation or reverse-evacuation
    Evacuations incidents shall may include a shooting
    incident. without limitation the following:
            (A) shooting incidents;
            (B) bomb threats;
            (C) suspicious persons; and
            (D) incidents involving hazardous materials.
        (4) Severe weather and shelter-in-place drills, which
    shall address and prepare students for situations
    involving severe weather emergencies or the release of
    external gas or chemicals. Severe weather and
    shelter-in-place incidents shall be based on the needs and
    environment of particular communities and may include
    without limitation the following:
            (A) severe weather, including, but not limited to,
        shear winds, lightning, and earthquakes;
            (B) incidents involving hazardous materials,
        including, but not limited to, chemical, incendiary,
        and explosives; and
            (C) incidents involving weapons of mass
        destruction, including, but not limited to,
        biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons.
(Source: P.A. 94-600, eff. 8-16-05.)
 
    (105 ILCS 128/20)
    Sec. 20. Number of drills; incidents covered; local
authority participation.
    (a) During each academic year, schools must conduct a
minimum of 3 school evacuation drills to address and prepare
students and school personnel for fire incidents. These drills
must meet all of the following criteria:
        (1) One of the 3 school evacuation drills shall require
    the participation of the appropriate local fire department
    or district.
            (A) Each local fire department or fire district
        must contact the appropriate school administrator or
        his or her designee no later than September 1 of each
        year in order to arrange for the participation of the
        department or district in the school evacuation drill.
            (B) Each school administrator or his or her
        designee must contact the responding local fire
        official no later than September 15 of each year and
        propose to the local fire official 4 dates within the
        month of October, during at least 2 different weeks of
        October, on which the drill shall occur. The fire
        official may choose any of the 4 available dates, and
        if he or she does so, the drill shall occur on that
        date.
            (C) The school administrator or his or her designee
        and the local fire official may also, by mutual
        agreement, set any other date for the drill, including
        a date outside of the month of October.
            (D) If the fire official does not select one of the
        4 offered dates in October or set another date by
        mutual agreement, the requirement that the school
        include the local fire service in one of its mandatory
        school evacuation drills shall be waived. Schools,
        however, shall continue to be strongly encouraged to
        include the fire service in a school evacuation drill
        at a mutually agreed-upon time.
            (E) Upon the participation of the local fire
        service, the appropriate local fire official shall
        certify that the school evacuation drill was
        conducted.
            (F) When scheduling the school evacuation drill,
        the school administrator or his or her designee and the
        local fire department or fire district may, by mutual
        agreement on or before September 14, choose to waive
        the provisions of subparagraphs (B), (C), and (D) of
        this paragraph (1).
        Additional school evacuation drills for fire incidents
    may involve the participation of the appropriate local fire
    department or district.
        (2) Schools may conduct additional school evacuation
    drills to account for other evacuation incidents,
    including without limitation suspicious items or bomb
    threats.
        (3) All drills shall be conducted at each school
    building that houses school children.
    (b) During each academic year, schools must conduct a
minimum of one bus evacuation drill. This drill shall be
accounted for in the curriculum in all public schools and in
all other educational institutions in this State that are
supported or maintained, in whole or in part, by public funds
and that provide instruction in any of the grades kindergarten
through 12. This curriculum shall include instruction in safe
bus riding practices for all students. Schools may conduct
additional bus evacuation drills. All drills shall be conducted
at each school building that houses school children.
    (c) During each academic year, schools must conduct a law
enforcement drill to address a school shooting incident
incidents, including without limitation reverse evacuations,
lock-downs, shootings, bomb threats, or hazardous materials.
Such drills must be conducted according to the school
district's or private school's emergency and crisis response
plans, protocols, and procedures, with the participation of the
appropriate law enforcement agency. Law enforcement drills may
be conducted on days and times when students are not present in
the school building. All drills must be conducted at each
school building that houses school children.
        (1) A law enforcement drill must meet all of the
    following criteria:
            (A) During each calendar year, the appropriate
        local law enforcement agency shall contact the
        appropriate school administrator to request to
        participate in a law enforcement drill. The school
        administrator and local law enforcement agency shall
        set, by mutual agreement, a date for the drill.
            (A-5) The drill shall require the on-site
        participation of the local law enforcement agency. If a
        mutually agreeable date cannot be reached between the
        school administrator and the appropriate local law
        enforcement agency, then the school shall still hold
        the drill without participation from the agency. and
        may actively participate on-site in a drill.
            (B) Upon the participation of a local law
        enforcement agency in a law enforcement drill, the
        appropriate local law enforcement official shall
        certify that the law enforcement drill was conducted
        and notify the school in a timely manner of any
        deficiencies noted during the drill.
        (2) Schools may conduct additional law enforcement
    drills at their discretion.
        (3) (Blank).
    (d) During each academic year, schools must conduct a
minimum of one severe weather and shelter-in-place drill to
address and prepare students and school personnel for possible
tornado incidents and may conduct additional severe weather and
shelter-in-place drills to account for other incidents,
including without limitation earthquakes or hazardous
materials. All drills shall be conducted at each school
building that houses school children.
(Source: P.A. 94-600, eff. 8-16-05; 95-1015, eff. 12-15-08.)
 
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 07/01/2013