• Safety and Security Plan

    District 28 is committed to a safety and security process that includes assessment, action plans, and evaluation. 

    Development Process

    The process we use to develop, monitor, and improve our safety and security plan includes:

    • Comprehensive Safety Audit 
      • A comprehensive safety audit was conducted in the 2019-2020 school year by an outside partner agency.  The results provided a multi-year, multi-tier report to the School Board. This report guides our continuous improvement.  
    • Health/Life Safety Inspection 
      • Conducted annually by the Cook County Intermediate Service Center
    • Annual State Fire Marshal Inspection 
    • Northbrook Police Department School Liaisons 
      • Our police department liaisons meet regularly with principals.
    • Review of Best Practice Research and Policy Briefs
      • Everytown School Safety Research Briefs (2022)
      • Illinois Terrorism Task Force School Safety Working Group Recommendations (2020)
      • Safe and Sound Schools Straight ‘A’ Safety Improvement Toolkits (2016)
      • Sandy Hook Commission Report (2015) 

    Safety is addressed in three broad categories: behavioral and mental health, facility security, and emergency response protocols. 

    Behavioral and Mental Health

    • School psychologists and social workers provide behavioral and mental health services to students at every school and the Young Explorers program.
    • Teachers review student needs via BASC-3 Behavioral and Emotional Screening System (BASC-3 BESS). The screener offers a reliable, quick, and systematic way to determine behavioral and emotional strengths and weaknesses of children and adolescents. Specifically, it helps to identify students who exhibit the following risks:
      • Behavioral and Emotional Risk Index (BERI)
      • Externalizing Risk Index (ERI)
      • Internalizing Risk Index (IRI)
      • Adaptive Skills Risk Index (ARI)
    • Elementary students engage in learning around the following elements through Second Step.
      • Growth Mindset & Goal-Setting / Skills for Learning
      • Emotion Management
      • Empathy & Kindness
      • Problem-Solving
    • Similarly, junior high students engage in weekly LEAD (Learn Educate Appreciate Develop) lessons centered on goal-setting, problem-solving, empathy, advocacy, mindfulness, digital citizenship, and emotional regulation, among several other topics.
    • The district partners with community organizations and presenters to provide timely information and support for parents.
    • Established this year by state law, the district is implementing behavior threat assessment procedures. A threat assessment team of administrators, school-based mental health professionals, local law enforcement partners, teachers and a school counselor is being trained to address potential threats and develop response plans on a case-by-case basis.
    • The district has two systems in place to support NBJH students anonymously:
      • Anonymous Alerts is a system that students (and parents) can use to report suspicious activity.
      • Text-A-Tip is a 24/7 messaging service to respond to students in a crisis. All students can access the systems through a student dashboard on their iPads or through their phones.

    Facility Security

    Access to every school is controlled. Hardened entrances have electronic doors, exterior and entry cameras, a visitor check-in system that includes a background check, badges for all personnel, and key control.

    Building Security

    • Electronic emergency devices throughout the school (panic buttons) are linked to local police dispatch  
    • Intrusion alarms, including:
      • exterior door contacts 
      • upgraded motion sensors 
      • 24/7 monitoring  
    • Strategic installation of protective shatter-proof film on glass 
    • Enhanced natural surveillance
    • Door & classroom signage 
    • Enhanced exterior lighting
    • Visible outdoor supervisors during recess with two-way radios that students can easily identify

    Classroom Security

    • Primary and secondary door-locking mechanisms 
    • Automatic door closures in multipurpose rooms and gymnasiums
    • Grab-and-go emergency plans and maps 
    • Safety backpacks containing:
      • first aid
      • emergency lighting 
      • emergency food supplies 

    Emergency Response Protocols

    • Annual staff training
    • Options-based intruder response practices adopted township-wide 
    • Emergency communication system for staff and parents
    • Emergency Preparedness Plans (EPP) developed in collaboration with Northfield Township districts and Northbrook emergency responders
    • Annual drills conducted in partnership with local police and emergency responders. These include:
      • evacuation with rally points
      • inclement weather 
      • lockdown
      • reunification
    • Law enforcement and emergency responders have access to facilities, are familiar with our floor plans, and can gain access in an emergency.