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Full Text of HB2400  102nd General Assembly




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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 Sections 20 and 25 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 128/20)
7    Sec. 20. Number of drills; incidents covered; local
8authority participation.
9    (a) During each academic year, schools must conduct a
10minimum of 3 school evacuation drills to address and prepare
11students and school personnel for fire incidents. These drills
12must meet all of the following criteria:
13        (1) One of the 3 school evacuation drills shall
14    require the participation of the appropriate local fire
15    department or district.
16            (A) Each local fire department or fire district
17        must contact the appropriate school administrator or
18        his or her designee no later than September 1 of each
19        year in order to arrange for the participation of the
20        department or district in the school evacuation drill.
21            (B) Each school administrator or his or her
22        designee must contact the responding local fire
23        official no later than September 15 of each year and



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1        propose to the local fire official 4 dates within the
2        month of October, during at least 2 different weeks of
3        October, on which the drill shall occur. The fire
4        official may choose any of the 4 available dates, and
5        if he or she does so, the drill shall occur on that
6        date.
7            (C) The school administrator or his or her
8        designee and the local fire official may also, by
9        mutual agreement, set any other date for the drill,
10        including a date outside of the month of October.
11            (D) If the fire official does not select one of the
12        4 offered dates in October or set another date by
13        mutual agreement, the requirement that the school
14        include the local fire service in one of its mandatory
15        school evacuation drills shall be waived. Schools,
16        however, shall continue to be strongly encouraged to
17        include the fire service in a school evacuation drill
18        at a mutually agreed-upon time.
19            (E) Upon the participation of the local fire
20        service, the appropriate local fire official shall
21        certify that the school evacuation drill was
22        conducted.
23            (F) When scheduling the school evacuation drill,
24        the school administrator or his or her designee and
25        the local fire department or fire district may, by
26        mutual agreement on or before September 14, choose to



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1        waive the provisions of subparagraphs (B), (C), and
2        (D) of this paragraph (1).
3        Additional school evacuation drills for fire incidents
4    may involve the participation of the appropriate local
5    fire department or district.
6        (2) Schools may conduct additional school evacuation
7    drills to account for other evacuation incidents,
8    including without limitation suspicious items or bomb
9    threats.
10        (3) All drills shall be conducted at each school
11    building that houses school children.
12    (b) During each academic year, schools must conduct a
13minimum of one bus evacuation drill. This drill shall be
14accounted for in the curriculum in all public schools and in
15all other educational institutions in this State that are
16supported or maintained, in whole or in part, by public funds
17and that provide instruction in any of the grades kindergarten
18through 12. This curriculum shall include instruction in safe
19bus riding practices for all students. Schools may conduct
20additional bus evacuation drills. All drills shall be
21conducted at each school building that houses school children.
22    (b-5) Notwithstanding the minimum requirements established
23by this Act, private schools that do not utilize a bus to
24transport students for any purpose are exempt from subsection
25(b) of this Section, provided that the chief school
26administrator of the private school provides written assurance



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1to the State Board of Education that the private school does
2not plan to utilize a bus to transport students for any purpose
3during the current academic year. The assurance must be made
4on a form supplied by the State Board of Education and filed no
5later than October 15. If a private school utilizes a bus to
6transport students for any purpose during an academic year
7when an assurance pursuant to this subsection (b-5) has been
8filed with the State Board of Education, the private school
9shall immediately notify the State Board of Education and
10comply with subsection (b) of this Section no later than 30
11calendar days after utilization of the bus to transport
12students, except that, at the discretion of the private
13school, students chosen for participation in the bus
14evacuation drill need include only the subgroup of students
15that are utilizing bus transportation.
16    (c) During each academic year, schools must conduct a law
17enforcement lockdown drill to address a school shooting
18incident. No later than 90 days after the first day of each
19school year, schools must conduct at least one law enforcement
20lockdown drill that addresses an active threat or an active
21shooter within a school building. Such drills must be
22conducted according to the school district's or private
23school's emergency and crisis response plans, protocols, and
24procedures to evaluate the preparedness of school personnel
25and students. Law enforcement lockdown drills must be
26conducted on days and times when students are normally present



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1in the school building and must involve participation from all
2school personnel and students present at school at the time of
3the lockdown drill, except that administrators or school
4support personnel in their discretion may exempt students from
5the lockdown drill. The appropriate local law enforcement
6agency shall observe the administration of the lockdown drill.
7All drills must be conducted at each school building that
8houses school children.
9        (1) A law enforcement lockdown drill must meet all of
10    the following criteria:
11            (A) During each calendar year, the appropriate
12        local law enforcement agency shall contact the
13        appropriate school administrator to request to
14        participate in a law enforcement lockdown drill. The
15        school administrator and local law enforcement agency
16        shall set, by mutual agreement, a date for the
17        lockdown drill.
18            (A-5) The lockdown drill shall require the on-site
19        participation of the local law enforcement agency. If
20        a mutually agreeable date cannot be reached between
21        the school administrator and the appropriate local law
22        enforcement agency, then the school shall still hold
23        the lockdown drill without participation from the
24        agency.
25            (B) Upon the participation of a local law
26        enforcement agency in a law enforcement lockdown



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1        drill, the appropriate local law enforcement official
2        shall certify that the law enforcement lockdown drill
3        was conducted and notify the school in a timely manner
4        of any deficiencies noted during the drill.
5            (C) The lockdown drill must not include
6        simulations that mimic an actual school shooting
7        incident or active shooter event.
8            (D) All lockdown drills must be announced in
9        advance to all school personnel and students prior to
10        the commencement of the drill.
11            (E) Lockdown drill content must be age appropriate
12        and developmentally appropriate.
13            (F) Lockdown drills must include and involve
14        school personnel, including school-based mental health
15        professionals.
16            (G) Lockdown drills must include trauma-informed
17        approaches to address the concerns and well-being of
18        students and school personnel.
19        (2) Schools may conduct additional law enforcement
20    drills at their discretion.
21        (3) (Blank).
22        (4) School administrators and school support personnel
23    may, in their discretion, exempt a student or students
24    from participating in a walk-through lockdown drill.
25        (5) Schools must provide sufficient information and
26    notification to parents and guardians in advance of any



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1    walk-through lockdown drill that involves the
2    participation of students. Schools must also provide to
3    parents and guardians an opportunity to exempt their child
4    for any reason from participating in the walk-through
5    lockdown drill.
6        (6) Schools must provide alternative safety education
7    and instruction related to an active threat or active
8    shooter event to students who do not participate in a
9    walk-through lockdown drill to provide them with essential
10    information, training, and instruction through less
11    sensorial safety training methods.
12        (7) During the drill, students must be allowed to ask
13    questions related to the drill.
14        (8) Law enforcement may choose to run an active
15    shooter simulation, including simulated gun fire drills,
16    but only on school days when students are not present.
17    Parental notification is not required for drills conducted
18    pursuant to this paragraph (8) if students are not
19    required to be present.
20    (d) During each academic year, schools must conduct a
21minimum of one severe weather and shelter-in-place drill to
22address and prepare students and school personnel for possible
23tornado incidents and may conduct additional severe weather
24and shelter-in-place drills to account for other incidents,
25including without limitation earthquakes or hazardous
26materials. All drills shall be conducted at each school



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1building that houses school children.
2(Source: P.A. 100-443, eff. 8-25-17; 100-996, eff. 1-1-19.)
3    (105 ILCS 128/25)
4    Sec. 25. Annual review.
5    (a) Each public school district, through its school board
6or the board's designee, shall conduct a minimum of one annual
7meeting at which it will review each school building's
8emergency and crisis response plans, protocols, and
9procedures, including procedures regarding the school
10district's threat assessment team, the efficacy and effects of
11law enforcement drills, and each building's compliance with
12the school safety drill programs. The purpose of this annual
13review shall be to review and update the emergency and crisis
14response plans, protocols, and procedures and the school
15safety drill programs of the district and each of its school
16buildings. This review must be at no cost to the school
17district. In updating a school building's emergency and crisis
18response plans, consideration may be given to making the
19emergency and crisis response plans available to first
20responders, administrators, and teachers for implementation
21and utilization through the use of electronic applications on
22electronic devices, including, but not limited to,
23smartphones, tablets, and laptop computers.
24    (b) Each school board or the board's designee is required
25to participate in the annual review and to invite each of the



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



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1    organization or the first responder or emergency
2    management community.
3    (c) Upon the conclusion of the annual review, the school
4board or the board's designee shall sign a one page report,
5which may be in either a check-off format or a narrative
6format, that does the following:
7        (1) summarizes the review's recommended changes to the
8    existing school safety plans and drill plans;
9        (2) lists the parties that participated in the annual
10    review, and includes the annual review's attendance
11    record;
12        (3) certifies that an effective review of the
13    emergency and crisis response plans, protocols, and
14    procedures and the school safety drill programs of the
15    district and each of its school buildings has occurred;
16        (4) states that the school district will implement
17    those plans, protocols, procedures, and programs, during
18    the academic year; and
19        (5) includes the authorization of the school board or
20    the board's designee.
21    (d) The school board or its designee shall send a copy of
22the report to each party that participates in the annual
23review process and to the appropriate regional superintendent
24of schools. If any of the participating parties have comments
25on the certification document, those parties shall submit
26their comments in writing to the appropriate regional



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1superintendent. The regional superintendent shall maintain a
2record of these comments. The certification document may be in
3a check-off format or narrative format, at the discretion of
4the district superintendent.
5    (e) The review must occur at least once during the fiscal
6year, at a specific time chosen at the school district
7superintendent's discretion.
8    (f) A private school shall conduct a minimum of one annual
9meeting at which the school must review each school building's
10emergency and crisis response plans, protocols, and procedures
11and each building's compliance with the school safety drill
12programs of the school. The purpose of this annual review
13shall be to review and update the emergency and crisis
14response plans, protocols, and procedures and the school
15safety drill programs of the school. This review must be at no
16cost to the private school.
17    The private school shall invite representatives from all
18local first responder organizations to participate, advise,
19and consult in the review process, including, but not limited
20to, the following:
21        (1) the appropriate local fire department or fire
22    protection district;
23        (2) the appropriate local law enforcement agency;
24        (3) the appropriate local emergency medical services
25    agency if the agency is a separate, local first responder
26    unit; and



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1        (4) any other member of the first responder or
2    emergency management community that has contacted the
3    school's chief administrative officer or his or her
4    designee during the past year to request involvement in
5    the school's emergency planning or drill process.
6(Source: P.A. 101-455, eff. 8-23-19.)
7    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
8becoming law.