We have been contacted by several school boards who know how quickly lives can be lost while waiting for law enforcement teams to arrive on scene of a school attack. An average of 8 students/staff is wounded every minute an attack goes unchallenged.They are concerned about how they can best protect their students – within the framework of the law – in the event of an active killer coming into the school.
a. Some schools can afford private armed security – larger cities.
b. Some take advantage of the grants for school resource officer but that is usually only one officer, usually part time, on campus at any given time. These grants have become very difficult, if not impossible, to get.
d. The biggest concern for many schools, they are located in areas where it might take 30-40 minutes before an effective law enforcement team can arrive on scene – depending on where County and State police are at the time of the call.
The school boards contacting us are interested in returning control back to the local schools boards so that each school board can decide how best to protect their students and personnel until an effective law enforcement team can get to them.
a. They know there are school personnel who have successfully passed all the background checks and training for a concealed carry license, some of them are even former police officers or former military service members. They lawfully and responsibly carry in their everyday life. With additional training in active-killer-response, they want to allow these individuals to continue to do, while on school property, what they are already safely and responsibly doing throughout the rest of their day.
b. In the states surrounding IL – Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky, and in many other states – state law provides for local control by school boards to approve TRAINED and armed staff – specifically trained in responding to life-threatening events - being a part of their Student Safety and Protection Plans.
For the school boards wanting to return control back to the local school boards, we believe the support of the IL Assoc. of School Boards (IASB) will be needed - To gain the Assoc.’s support we need you to present the Student Safety and Protection Resolution to your local school boards asking them to approve and submit the resolution to the IASB resolution committee before the June 2018 deadline for consideration at the 2018 annual fall meeting.
We are also asking the school boards to send a copy of the resolution to their state senator and state representative in the Illinois General Assembly.
Step #1 – Check here to see if your school board is a member of the IASB.* Contact your local school board and ask to be put on the agenda at the next board meeting. This is usually done during the public comment section of the meeting and only 5 minutes to present – be prepared to speak fast and have copies to hand out.
Step #2 – The board will not take action at the first meeting, be prepared to follow up at the next meeting.
Step #3 – If your school board passes the resolution, be sure to follow-up in May to make sure they submit the resolution to the IASB Resolution Committee before the June deadline.
*If your school board is not a member of the IASB, use the non-IASB resolution
Student Safety & Protection Resolution 2018.pdf 176.08KB 424 downloads
Student Safety & Protection Resolution 2018 non-iasb.pdf 175.3KB 214 downloads
Presentation Notes for Resolution 2018.pdf 231.04KB 279 downloads
Edited by Molly B., 21 February 2018 - 03:15 PM.