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:
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.
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
Gage St. 9750
Franklin Park, IL 60131
Franklin Park, IL 60131
Passow Elementary School Hester
Junior High School
2836 Calwagner 2836 Gustav St.
Franklin Park, IL 60131 Franklin
Park, IL 60131
information regarding the Board of Education’s policy against bullying, please
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
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.
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
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
- Immediately notify a school official or parent.
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.).
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.
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
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.