Each year, our students participate in a number of safety drills such as fire drills, hard lockdown drills and shelter in place drills to be prepared in case of emergency situations. You send your children to us every day with the expectation that will we not only teach them, but also keep them safe. I can assure you that this is a trust that the District 54 staff does not take lightly. Our focus as a school district is prevention.
Each year the entire District 54 staff is trained on our crisis prevention and response plan, which was developed in coordination with our local police and fire departments. We review these plans each year with all of the fire and police departments that serve our schools because we work cooperatively to keep students safe.
In addition, as required by the Illinois School Code, our schools participate in fire, severe weather, bus evacuation and emergency response drills throughout the school year to ensure our students and employees know what to do should an emergency occur.
In an emergency, every phone number associated with your child’s record will be called using our notification system. We will also email parents/guardians and provide information on our website and social media.
While your natural instinct as a parent in an emergency is to go to your child’s school or to call the school office, please understand that doing so many significantly impede the response capabilities of our local emergency responders. In addition, it is sometimes necessary to evacuate students to another location.
We appreciate your cooperation and promise to communicate with you as soon as possible. Please be
patient as our first priority will be the safety of our students and staff.
We also focus on prevention by forming relationships with our students to provide support when they need it, and so that they feel comfortable reporting to us when they hear or see concerning behaviors.
Please reinforce this with your children at home. Let them know that they can also come to you when they feel unsafe and remind them that they should report any suspicions and concerns about school safety.
I hope this letter reassures you that we take the safety of our school community very seriously. Should you have additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me or your child’s school principal.
Superintendent Andrew DuRoss