Bill Text: IL HB3907 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Engrossed


Bill Title: Amends the School Safety Drill Act. Provides that law enforcement drills shall be conducted on days and times when students are present in the building. Requires full-time school staff to participate in the drill. Provides that contractual or part-time staff may participate in the drill at the school's discretion, but shall receive training regarding the school's crisis response plans, protocols, and procedures. Effective July 1, 2017.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 7-2)

Status: (Engrossed) 2017-05-26 - Rule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments [HB3907 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-HB3907-Engrossed.html



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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 Section 20 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 require
14 the participation of the appropriate local fire department
15 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 designee
8 and the local fire official may also, by mutual
9 agreement, set any other date for the drill, including
10 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 the
25 local fire department or fire district may, by mutual
26 agreement on or before September 14, choose to waive

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1 the provisions of subparagraphs (B), (C), and (D) of
2 this paragraph (1).
3 Additional school evacuation drills for fire incidents
4 may involve the participation of the appropriate local fire
5 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 conducted
21at each school building that houses school children.
22 (c) During each academic year, schools must conduct a law
23enforcement drill to address and prepare students and school
24personnel for a school shooting incident. Such drills must be
25conducted according to the school district's or private
26school's emergency and crisis response plans, protocols, and

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1procedures, with the participation of the appropriate law
2enforcement agency. Law enforcement drills may be conducted on
3days and times when students are not present in the school
4building. All drills must be conducted at each school building
5that houses school children.
6 (1) A law enforcement drill must meet all of the
7 following criteria:
8 (A) During each calendar year, the appropriate
9 local law enforcement agency shall contact the
10 appropriate school administrator to request to
11 participate in a law enforcement drill. The school
12 administrator and local law enforcement agency shall
13 set, by mutual agreement, a date for the drill.
14 (A-5) The drill shall require the on-site
15 participation of the local law enforcement agency. If a
16 mutually agreeable date cannot be reached between the
17 school administrator and the appropriate local law
18 enforcement agency, then the school shall still hold
19 the drill without participation from the agency.
20 (B) Upon the participation of a local law
21 enforcement agency in a law enforcement drill, the
22 appropriate local law enforcement official shall
23 certify that the law enforcement drill was conducted
24 and notify the school in a timely manner of any
25 deficiencies noted during the drill.
26 (C) All full-time school staff in the building that

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1 day shall participate in the drill.
2 (2) Schools may conduct additional law enforcement
3 drills at their discretion.
4 (3) (Blank).
5 (4) Contractual or part-time staff may participate in
6 the drill at the school's discretion, but shall be made
7 familiar with the school's crisis response plans,
8 protocols, and procedures.
9 (d) During each academic year, schools must conduct a
10minimum of one severe weather and shelter-in-place drill to
11address and prepare students and school personnel for possible
12tornado incidents and may conduct additional severe weather and
13shelter-in-place drills to account for other incidents,
14including without limitation earthquakes or hazardous
15materials. All drills shall be conducted at each school
16building that houses school children.
17(Source: P.A. 98-48, eff. 7-1-13.)
18 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect July 1,
192017.
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