Are your school buildings left unlocked during the school day?
No all schools are locked during the school day. Visitors will need to come to the main entrance, door #1 and press an AI phone button and speak to a secretary prior to being allowed into the building. The secretary may ask you for your name and the reason for your visitor prior to allowing entry into the building.
Do you use a Visitor Management System in your buildings?
Yes, we utilize the Raptor Visitor Management System. Visitor’s must provide a driver’s license (or other approved ID) when they enter the building. The secretary will scan the ID and system which will compare the visitor’s information to a sex offender database alerting school administrators and local police if a match is found. Once cleared through the system, a visitor badge is produced that includes a photo. Visitor’s are required to wear a visitor lanyard and badge while in the building.
What forms of ID are approved? A state license, a state identification card, a concealed handgun license, a consular ID cards, a green card, an active military cards, and a passport card (not the full passport).
Do you have a Police Liaison in your school buildings?
Our high school has a full time officer assigned to the building. The officer is available to assist the other buildings in the district when needed.
How do you collaborate with your first responders?
Our district works closely with our first responders, we have a great working relationship with police/sheriff and fire departments. It is not uncommon to see police/deputies and fire fighters in our buildings; it is important for them to get to know our staff and the layout of our buildings under non-stressful situations. The district shares our building maps, keys and FOBS (keyless entry), and emergency response plans with our first responders. It is key that during an emergency that they know how students and staff in a building are going to respond so that they can respond to the emergency and quickly provide help for us.
Collaboration is key and sharing plans with our partners is invaluable. We also conduct training and drills with our first responders; this is a great way to provide valuable feedback as to what works and what we need to improve on.
Does the district have a Safety Team?
Yes, the district has a District Safety Team. The team consists of district administrators, building administrators, teachers, a district nurse, law enforcement, and fire personnel. The team discusses and makes decisions regarding safety and security along with updating emergency crisis plans.
How does the district address a threat?
The district takes all threats seriously. Anyone who becomes aware of a threat should immediately notify the building principal. If school is not in session and you cannot contact the building principal, then contact the police. The threat assessment core team will be contacted to assess the threat level and determine the course of the investigation. The goal of the threat assessment is to make sure that everyone is safe and that the situation is handled appropriately and effectively.
Does the district have a Tip Line?
Yes, the district has a few ways to report concerns regarding safety. If you suspect or become aware of anyone planning or acting in any unsafe manner, please let us know. This includes, but is not limited to, the use or possession of drugs, knives, or guns and/or a threat to injure, bully, or assault others. Anyone who has a legitimate and genuine concern may contact a building principal by phone or email or use this tip line in one of two ways by calling the tip line at 630-463-3990 or going to www.geneva304.org/speakup.aspx
. Please remember that the Safe Schools Tip Line does not replace the importance of utilizing 911 nor does it replace the healthy and open communication that parents and students have with reporting concerns to teachers, principals, and other school staff or parents. Calls and online reporting must be made in good faith and can be made without leaving a name or other identifying information. However, those making reports are encouraged to leave their contact information in the event additional information is needed. When providing information please be as detailed as possible including the name of the school(s) and/or person(s) involved, type of activities alleged, and when they occurred or may occur.