School Safety
 
Providing a safe learning environment for our students is our first priority and a responsibility that we take very seriously.  However, we understand that, as a parent, you will always have concerns regarding the safety of your child. As such, we want to share with you the safety and security measures that are currently in place in Franklin Park School District 84:
 
Building Security

Access to each of our school buildings is limited to a single, designated entrance, with all other access points locked from the interior. Visitors are “buzzed” into the building, instructed to check in with the office, and given a badge identifying them as a visitor. Guests in the school are escorted throughout the building and remain under the supervision of a staff member. Additionally, all of our classrooms are fitted with automatic door locks, preventing an intruder from obtaining access to our students in the event of a “Code Red” situation.
 
BULLYING
 
Franklin Park School District 84 is dedicated to providing an educational environment free from bullying, hazing, harassment, and cyberbullying. A student who feels that he/she has been bullied, hazed, harassed, or cyberbullied should inform a District 84 staff member. All school employees are required to report alleged violations of this policy to the principal or his/her designee as soon as possible. Anyone may report bullying to the school principals directly by speaking in-person, by mail, by e-mail, or by phone. Additionally, reports of bullying may be filed anonymously to school authorities through the following email addresses:
 

            North Elementary School                                           Pietrini Elementary School

            Principal                                                                      Principal

9500 Gage St.                                                              9750 Fullerton

            Franklin Park, IL                                                         60131 Franklin Park, IL 60131

            847-678-7962                                                              847-455-7960

            northprincipal@d84.org                                              pietriniprincipal@d84.org

 

            Passow Elementary School                                         Hester Junior High School

            Principal                                                                      Principal

            2836 Calwagner                                                          2836 Gustav St.

            Franklin Park, IL 60131                                              Franklin Park, IL 60131

            847-455-6781                                                              847-455-2150

            passowprincipal@d84.org                                          hesterprincipal@d84.org

 
For further information regarding the Board of Education’s policy against bullying, please click here.  

Emergency/Crisis Plans

School District 84 maintains a comprehensive School Emergency Response Plan, which is reviewed and updated annually by the administration and representatives from the Franklin Park Police and Fire Departments. This plan encompasses numerous potential scenarios that may occur both on and off campus, includes detailed school information, and outlines staff responsibilities before, during, and after an incident. District 84 has plans in place for multiple forms of crises, including severe weather, fire, intruder, or other potentially dangerous situations. In the event that a threat exists within our buildings, our administrators and staff members have the ability to lock-down the premises very quickly.
 
Parent Notifications

In response to requests that we have received from parents, we will now send home a flier to notify you each time your child’s school runs a safety drill.

In the event that an emergency takes place on a school campus, depending on the level of the emergency, parents will be notified by telephone call or a letter home. In order to support this communication, please make certain that your child’s school has your most current emergency contact information.
 
Safety Drills

In an effort to make sure our students and staff are well prepared in case of an emergency, all of our schools hold regularly scheduled safety drills, including Evacuation/Fire, Lockdown, Bus Evacuation, and Shelter. For an explanation of each type of drill and a general drill timeline, click here.

The School Safety Drill Act establishes minimum requirements and standards for schools to follow when conducting safety drills and reviewing school emergency and crisis response plans. The Act also encourages schools and first responders to work together for the safety of children. Franklin Park District 84’s safety and emergency plans have been developed in collaboration with local fire and law enforcement officials, and all plans and procedures are reviewed and modified, as needed, on an annual basis.

Safety Tips to and from School


There are several precautionary safety measures that students can take as they go to and from school. Parents, please take time to talk to your children about the following safety measures:
  • Do not talk to strangers, even if they know your name.
  • Always walk directly to and from school using the same path every day.
  • Cross streets at corners, avoid crossing between parked cars, and obey the directions of crossing guards.
  • Always walk or ride your bike with a group of friends.
  • Run directly to school or home if you are approached by a stranger.
  • Immediately notify a school official or parent.


Student Programs


It is important for children to feel connected to others and a part of their school and local community. Our schools strive to foster a supportive climate through the provision of school-wide behavioral expectations, positive interventions and supports, social work services, and violence prevention programs (anti-bullying programs, social skill development, conflict mediation, etc.).


SUPPORT OF Local Police and Fire Departments


School District 84 maintains a solid, cooperative partnership with the Franklin Park Police and Fire Departments. These departments have been provided with detailed floor plans of each of our buildings and key access to all of our classrooms. Additionally, they meet annually with school officials in a proactive environment to ensure that we continue to provide a safe and secure environment for the benefit of our students and staff.


Technology


Security cameras are placed in key positions throughout the District. These cameras display and record video that can be viewed by District administrators. School officials and local police can also use these videos when investigating any incidents. Red 9-1-1 phones are installed in our hallways to provide a direct, emergency line to the police department. Two-way radios are used in all schools when groups are outside of the building, and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are maintained in each school in the event of a medical emergency.


Traffic Safety


We would like to remind residents that traffic safety around schools is a collaborative effort. Drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists are encouraged to obey the rules of the road around local schools to ensure safety.

 

 
The preceding information outlines many of the precautions that we take in order to provide a safe and secure environment, but we also need you, as parents, to be our partners in this endeavor. Please report any concerns you have or situations that you notice at any of our schools that may compromise the safety of our children. Although there is no absolute guarantee that something bad will never happen, it is important to understand the difference between the possibility of something happening and probability that it will affect our school community. School still remains one of the safest places for a child to be. With our combined efforts, we can strive to keep it that way.

 

Additional Links

FBI Parents’ Guide to Internet Safety 

Franklin Park Fire Department 

Franklin Park Police Department 

Illinois Sex Offender Registry

Illinois Violent Offender Against Youth Registry

Stop Bullying

Stop Bullying (Spanish version)

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