The Secure School Alliance conducted a comprehensive public domain scan of state legislation related to all aspects of school safety and security, including: facility security and assessment requirements, creation and identification of roles and responsibilities for state school safety centers and school safety teams/committees, requirements for school administrators and faculty, allocation of funds for improving school safety and security, and all-hazards emergency planning and preparedness. This work was completed with the support of the Police Foundation and Dr. Erroll Southers.


Promising Practices

● Requires each public school to have emergency and crisis response plans, protocols, and procedures that are reviewed at a meeting held at least annually. At least 30 days before the meeting notice must be given to the principal, representatives from education-related organizations or associations deemed appropriate by the school district, and representatives from all local first responder organizations (including law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services).

● Requires schools to have school evacuation, bus evacuation, law enforcement, and severe weather/shelter-in-place drills which prepare students for all potential hazards.

● Requires schools to conduct no less than three school evacuation drills: one of which includes the fire department, one of which includes law enforcement addressing a school shooting incident, and one sever weather/shelter-in-place drill. Schools must also conduct at least one bus evacuation drill each academic year.

State of Illinois

The legislative review utilized open source research, and encompasses all legislation that was officially codified by January 13, 2017.

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