Targeted School Violence Prevention
Threats and acts of targeted school violence harm the DAOES environment and school community, diminishing students’ ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate. Providing students and staff with access to a safe and secure environment is an important Board goal. While it is not possible for DAOES to completely eliminate threats in its environment, a Targeted School Violence Prevention Program (Program) using the collective efforts of local school officials, staff, students, families, and the community helps DAOES reduce these risks to its environment.
The Director or designee shall develop and implement the Program. The Program oversees the maintenance of an environment that is conducive to learning and working by identifying, assessing, classifying, responding to, and managing threats and acts of targeted school violence. The Program shall be part of DAOES's ’s Comprehensive Safety and Security Plan, required by Board policy 4:170, Safety, and shall:
- Establish a School Violence Prevention Team to: (a) develop a Targeted School Violence Prevention Plan, and (b) oversee the Building-level Threat Assessment Team(s).
- Establish Building-level Threat Assessment Team(s) to assess and intervene with individuals whose behavior may pose a threat to safety. This team may serve one or more schools.
- Comply with State and federal law and align with Board policies.
The Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act protects DAOES from liability. The Program does not: (1) replace the care of a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches or a licensed medical practitioner or professional trained in violence prevention, assessments and counseling services, (2) extend beyond available resources within DAOES (3) extend beyond the school day and/or school-sponsored events, or (4) guarantee or ensure the safety of students, staff, or visitors.
105 ILCS 5/10-20.14, 5/10-21.7, 5/10-27.1A, 5/10-27.1B, 5/24-24, and 5/27-23.7.
105 ILCS 128/, School Safety Drill Act.
745 ILCS 10/, Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act.
29 Ill.Admin.Code Part 1500.
CROSS REF.: 2:240 (Board Policy Development), 4:170 (Safety), 5:90 (Abused and Neglected Child Reporting), 5:100 (Staff Development Program), 5:230 (Maintaining Student Discipline), 6:65 (Student Social and Emotional Development), 6:270 (Guidance and Counseling Program), 7:140 (Search and Seizure), 7:150 (Agency and Police Interviews), 7:180 (Prevention of and Response to Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment), 7:185 (Teen Dating Violence Prohibited), 7:190 (Student Behavior), 7:250 (Student Support Services), 7:290 (Suicide and Depression Awareness and Prevention), 7:340 (Student Records), 8:30 (Visitors to and Conduct on School Property), 8:100 (Relations with Other Organizations and Agencies)
ADOPTED: June 18, 2020