Dear Parents and Guardians:
As another school year is now underway, I am proud of the advancements we have made in preserving the safety and security of our students. We continue to be grateful for our partnership with local police and fire departments to ensure the safety of our students. As always, the safety and wellbeing of our school community are a top priority.
Illinois State Law requires schools to conduct fire evacuation drills, bus evacuation drills, law enforcement drills to address a shooting incident, and severe weather drills. Each building conducts these safety drills throughout the year to make sure our students and staff know the procedures in the event of an emergency. Practice and preparation are key to all safety response procedures and are aligned with best practices according to local, state, and federal agencies.
Naperville 203 is an ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) district. This approach is an alternative to the more passive lockdown method by empowering individuals to make critical decisions during a crisis. The decision to implement ALICE was made in partnership with law enforcement officials at the local and state level and is an industry best practice. To learn more about the ALICE approach, please visit www.alicetraining.com.
In conjunction with ALICE and school safety best practices, Naperville 203 has implemented other safety initiatives including building modifications, a set of standard security practices and procedures, School Resource Officers serving as onsite coordination with local law enforcement, physical environment enhancements, IT threat management systems, and continuous weather-related drills. Through all the security measures Naperville 203 utilizes, staff members participate in routine security training to reinforce the concepts.
This collaborative security profile helps our students and staff feel safe and secure, and most importantly empowered and prepared. Together, we can make a difference in the safety and security of our students.
Thank you for continuing these conversations at home.
Superintendent of Schools