District Crisis Plan
District 64 has a comprehensive, written Crisis Plan. For security reasons, we do not post the plan on our District website. However, we are happy to share the plan with any parent. You can request to review the plan by contacting your school principal.
When children feel physically and emotionally safe, they are better able to focus on learning. During the school year, District 64 teaches students how to prepare and be alert for unexpected situations. As part of our ongoing procedures, schools regularly: practice school and bus evacuation drills, severe weather and shelter in place drills, and law enforcement drills; and include safety topics as part of the regular health curriculum.
Working with the Park Ridge and Niles Fire and Police Departments, emergency procedures have been developed for a wide range of occurrences. Procedures are practiced with students (as described above). Through the local police and fire departments, there is an articulated plan for assistance from the metropolitan region.
Each school has its own Building Crisis Intervention Team, usually comprised of several teachers, a social worker, the secretary, a custodian and the principal. This team meets to refine and develop building level procedures A District-level Rapid Response Team is led by the Superintendent and comprised of other District level officials.
Each situation requires a unique kind of response. Experts tell us that on-the-spot decision making and good communications -- especially with parents -- are critical to an effective response to a crisis. Communicating with you, our parents, is part of our plan. Together, we will make our schools the safest possible for each child.
In addition, the District follows the National Terrorism Advisory System and will respond appropriately to the recommended steps that schools should take to prevent, mitigate or respond to the potential threat alert (elevated or imminent).
Emergency Temporary Housing Sites
District 64 has an emergency plan in place to provide safe shelter to students and staff. The plan will be implemented in situations that prevent students and staff from waiting inside or outside the building during an emergency/disaster. Each school has a designated emergency housing site(s); see the school rosters in the District 64 Student-Parent Handbook for the locations.