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Feb 23
D155 Student Safety
In light of recent events, we want you to know that student and staff safety is our number one priority. We are fortunate to have a great relationship with our local agencies. Every day, we are responsible for meeting the individual needs of over 6,000 students. As a member of this staff and community for over 33 years, I can tell you that providing a safe learning environment is taken very seriously. We want you to be aware of the steps we take in District 155 to ensure the safety of our students and staff.

  • Each school building has a monitored, secure entrance.

  • Each high school employs a security guard and a school resource officer (SRO) that is an active duty police officer who is a member of either of the Crystal Lake or Cary Police Department. The security guard and SRO monitor the interior and exterior of the building.

  • Each school has an administrative team that includes principal, vice principal, deans, athletic director and student services coordinator along with division leaders that focus on the total student experience at each of our buildings.

  • Each building has safety plans in place that are reviewed yearly and practiced. Plans are also reviewed with local police and fire and rescue departments.

  • Fire drills, lockdown drills, tornado drills and other student safety drills are practiced throughout the year.

  • Rosecrance provides student assistance counselors for both mental health and substance abuse.

  • Text-a-Tip supports teens who have a concern or crisis. It is available 24/7, is completely anonymous, and is staffed with licensed, trained counselors. The app is a proactive tool that connects students to mental health resources anonymously. Students who wish to report a concern will text the word MCHELP to the 6-digit number 274637 and will receive an immediate text response from a trained, licensed clinician.


Students and staff are educated about the importance of being vigilant and reporting information if they see or hear something. When students, staff or parents report concerns, the student services team along with administration and the school resource officer investigate the concern. We follow-up on every lead, review our procedures and practice drills throughout the year to make sure our students are safe.  


As a parent of a high school student in our district, I trust the systems we have in place. We will continue to work with our parents, students, staff, local police and fire and rescue departments to make D155 a safe and secure place for students to grow and pursue their personal aspirations.


Sincerely,

Steve Olson

Superintendent


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