District 155 and its schools, we make your child’s safety our number
one priority each day. We understand our role in returning your child
safely at the end of each day. We know that students who feel safe are
more likely to find success in school, so we strive to provide a secure
environment by focusing both on preventative measures and a
comprehensive crisis response plan.
As it relates to schools, there are many elements to school safety including:
155 has programs and personnel dedicated to addressing each of these
areas. The complete scope of these programs is greater than can be
described on these pages, but the information below provides some
First and foremost, please be aware that students and parents play an
important role in keeping our schools safe. If you are aware of an
issue, we ask that you report it to the school or district. You can do
so through the link in the column at right. While you can provide
feedback anonymously, it is always best to provide us with a name or
contact information in case we need clarification or additional
Beyond the existing programs aimed specifically at students, the
district offers training to parents about a variety of topics including
healthy relationships, bullying, suicide, nutrition, study skills, and
other related themes at its annual Parent University.
Hosted each year in February, the half-day event is a great resource
for parents regardless of their student's grade in school.
District 155 buildings feature limited and secured access points for
visitors. People may only access the buildings through these secured
doors. Visitors during regular school hours must surrender government
issued identification that will be scanned against a criminal offender
database and will not be returned until the visitor leaves the building.
More information about the visitor check-in procedure is available here.
Each District 155 school has a school resource officer (SRO), a police
officer who has undertaken training specific to working in a school
setting. For our schools, the SROs are full-time members of the Crystal
Lake or Cary Police Department. These police officers are present
to secure our buildings, investigate incidents at the school, and
maintain order. Their efforts are supplemented by D155 personnel
including the deans and vice principals.
Other safety measures in the schools include video surveillance across
all of our properties, a full-time security guard (in addition to the
SRO), and visible employee, substitute, and visitor badges. Our staff
utilizes keyless access points to eliminate physical keys from
The district has a strong focus on preparedness, and completes safety drills (which exceed state mandates) several times throughout the year.
District 155 employs a full team of certified staff members who are
equipped to work with adolescents. This team includes school counselors,
social workers, and school psychologists. Additionally, many teachers
and administrators have completed specialized training to assist with
students’ well-being. Adolescence can be a difficult time of adjustment
for many high school students, so the district strives to support
students through this period of maturation so that students can learn
about themselves and become productive citizens of the world. These
efforts pay dividends in the classroom as students who are emotionally
comfortable are able to better focus on school work and academic
As bullying remains a hot topic across the nation, District 155
continues its long history of mitigating and resolving conflict between
students. District 155 and its schools take this issue very seriously
and have many programs in place to minimize occurrences, de-escalate
conflict, and respond when a student is victimized. Our goal is to
anticipate and create programs in advance of issues rather than as a
reaction to them. A list of many of the existing efforts is included here.
In addition to ongoing programs, we regularly bring in speakers to
address bullying. These include recent visits by Sarah Migas from the
Attorney General's office who addressed students about cyber bullying,
and Keith Hawkins who discussed the importance of positive actions.
Wellness & Nutritional Health
District 155's wellness efforts aim to keep students healthy so they
can maximize their brains' capacity to learn, stay free from illness,
and have the energy necessary to participate in the many extracurricular
activities we offer. A healthy student is less likely to miss school
and will be more focused when present. District 155's Wellness Committee
has implemented greener cleaning supplies, reduced allergens present in
the schools, and solidified physical fitness requirements.
Further, District 155 addresses nutritional health in two ways. First,
we offer information about healthy habits to every student through the
mandated sophomore health curriculum and in physical education courses.
This includes information about both foods and drugs. Second, our
cafeterias offer healthy options including a fresh fruit and veggie bar
with all meals. Foods are seasoned with spices instead of sodium, and
our breads and rolls are all made with whole grains or whole wheat. We
also offer vegetarian meals daily. The district is in full compliance
with the national school lunch program standards for healthy school
lunches. Additionally, District 155 parents may monitor their child's
food purchases. This is especially important for students with food
allergies and sensitivities who need an adult's assistance to monitor
food choices. It also affords parents an opportunity to discuss healthy
choices with their children.