Travel Safety (K-12)
Students of all ages partake in travel for school, whether heading to and from the school itself, going on field trips, or studying abroad at locations around the world. In addition to the safety concerns of traveling domestically, traveling abroad presents even more concerns that need addressed. Besides being in unfamiliar surroundings, students traveling abroad may be faced with culture and language barriers that may hinder safety should emergencies arise. Similarly, should the unthinkable occur, students may find themselves cut off from both their local acquaintances and their families and friends back home. Therefore, preparing before any kind of travel (and staying informed while traveling abroad) is essential.
Illinois Terrorism Task Force School Safety Working Group
With bullying, mental health and wellness issues, overwhelming amounts of stressors, and tragic precedents, the fear of campus violence is not unfounded. According the the FBI, between 2000 and 2018 there were 57 active shooter events in educational environments; 15 of which occurred at institutions of higher education. Additionally, the National Center for Education Statics notes that "In 2016, a total of 28,400 criminal incidents against persons and property on campuses at postsecondary institutions were reported to police and security agencies." In an effort to help prevent and mitigate campus violence, this section addresses various forms of campus violence by providing information including statistics, handouts, and other resources.
Campus Violence Resources
With bullying, mental health and wellness issues, overwhelming amounts of stressors, and tragic precedents, the fear of school violence is not unfounded. Furthermore, according to the CDC, a 2015 survey showed that "nationwide, 4.1% of students had carried a weapon (e.g., a gun, knife, or club) on school property on at least 1 day during the 30 days before the survey," and "nationwide, 6.0% of students had been threatened or injured with a weapon (e.g., a gun, knife, or club) on school property one or more times during the 12 months before the survey." In an effort to help prevent and mitigate school violence, this section includes resources on several school violence topics. From school climate and connectedness; to promoting the See Something, Say Something campaign; to knowing what steps to take in the event of a bomb threat, this section addresses various forms of school violence by providing information including statistics, handouts, and other resources.
School Violence Resources
Illinois Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP) Program
The STEP program is a simple and effective preparedness education project developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
STEP is free and is designed to educate fifth-graders on the importance of preparing for emergencies and provide students with the knowledge to help their families prepare.
- Students will learn general knowledge about disasters common to their area.
- Students will assemble emergency kits to help their families.
- Students will form communications plans with their families.
From guidance to compliance, Legislation plays a key role in school and campus safety. Over the years and stemming from lessons learned due to various safety incidents, Legislation has been passed to improve overall safety. It is essential to know and comply with safety Legislation for our schools and campuses. Thus, this section presents guidebooks and legislation topics such as Title IX, the Clery Act, and FERPA.
Behavioral Threat Assessment
In a perfect world there would be no need for Behavioral Threat Assessment. As it stands, with bullying, mental health and wellness issues, overwhelming amounts of stressors, and tragic precedents, the fear of school and campus violence is not unfounded. Behavioral Threat Assessment plays a key role in the prevention of violence by helping identify aberrant behavior and assessing threat levels. In a concerted effort to provide increased understanding and application of Behavioral Threat Assessment, this section includes resources on creating threat assessment teams, understanding and implementing the threat assessment process, and creating case management plans.
Behavioral Threat Assessment Resources
“Every day Illinois residents face natural, technological, chemical and manmade hazards that can -potentially become disasters. Even though the probability of you or your family being injured or killed in a disaster is very low, it is extremely probable that your lives will be impacted. Utilities may be interrupted for hours or even days; your home, workplace, or school may be damaged or destroyed; roads and highways may be closed; and stores may be closed due to damage or have shortages of the items you need. For the reasons, it is extremely important for you to prepare in advance for disasters.”
-Illinois Emergency Management Agency
In its most basic meaning, Preparedness is being in a state of readiness. In a broader perspective, Preparedness is an overarching term encompassing the actions, plans, and resources that should be made or arranged in advance of various types of emergencies and disasters. From forming memorandums of understanding with fellow stakeholder agencies to proactively educating college students about fire safety before an incident occurs, there is no substitute for Preparedness when it comes to prevention and mitigation. Therefore, this Preparedness repository contains resources on topics such as severe weather preparedness and fire safety to Emergency Operations Plans and MOUs.
- Ready to Respond Campus
- Campus Security Task Force
- American Red Cross Ready Rating
- National Higher Education Emergency Management Program Needs Assessment
- Severe Weather
- Fire Safety
- Emergency Operation Plans
- Creating MOUs
- Stop the Bleed
- School Safety Technology
- School Threats
- Active Threat Response
School and Campus Safety Grants
The Illinois School and Campus Safety Program provides awareness and preparedness training to enhance organizational capacity to plan for, respond to, and recover from an emergency or disaster. As such, the program partners with other entities invested in safety, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, the State Terrorism Information Center, New Mexico Tech, and others. The Illinois School and Campus Safety Program is a partnership between the Illinois Terrorism Task Force and Western Illinois University. The program is administered by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Executive Institute at Western Illinois University.
School and Campus Safety Grants Resources
Health and Wellness
Health and Wellness are top priorities in schools and campuses around the nation. Understanding and promoting Health and Wellness means promoting mental, emotional, and physical health. Covering a board spectrum of topics, Health and Wellness includes school and campus climate, mental health and suicide, drug and alcohol use, disease prevention, stress management, eating disorders, and other topics relating to overall health. By devoting time to Health and Wellness schools and colleges alike help to ensure a balanced quality of life for students and employees.
Health and Wellness Resources
From human trafficking and stalking to domestic and sexual violence, Interpersonal Violence affects women and men everywhere, including in our schools and on our campuses. Estimates by the International Labour Organization stating that 5.5 million children were victims of human trafficking in 2012 and statistics from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence stating almost 13.5 percent of male and 21 percent of female high school students have reported experiencing physical or sexual abuse by their dates show the pervasiveness of Interpersonal Violence. As such, this section addresses those various forms of interpersonal violence by providing information including statistics, hotline contact information, handouts, and other resources.
Interpersonal Violence Resources
National Domestic Preparedness Consortium Training
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