Illinois School Safety Drill Act

Huntley 158 complies with the Illinois School Safety Drill Act, which lays out requirements and standards for schools to follow when conducting school safety drills and reviewing school emergency and crisis response plans.

All schools that house students are required to conduct the following drills annually.

  • 3 fire drills: One of these drills the fire department must be present to observe and provide direction and feedback;
  • 1 severe weather drill commonly referred to as a tornado drill;
  • 1 bus evacuation drill that is conducted with the Transportation Department;
  • 1 law enforcement drill commonly referred to as a hard lockdown or active shooter drill (must be observed by law enforcement).

Each public school district, through its school board or the board’s designee, shall conduct a minimum of one annual meeting at which it will review each school building’s emergency and crisis response plans, protocols, and procedures and each building’s compliance with the school safety drill programs.

Huntley 158 usually completes this annual meeting sometime prior to September 15 and invites all of our first responder partners. Our partners include the Huntley Police Department, Lake in the Hills Police Department, Algonquin Police Department, Huntley Fire Department, and McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

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