The coming of a new academic year has some school districts making sure they are complying with guidelines to keep their students safe from potential violence.
At the Lincoln Elementary District 156 in Calumet City, officials have spent recent months working with local police, with a couple of dozen officers spending time inspecting the school building.
Superintendent Darryl Taylor said those officers gave an assessment of where the school building could be considered vulnerable to an armed person trying to enter.
Those recommendations were then taken into account by school officials.
“We had a dialogue with the police,” Taylor said.
Calumet City Police Chief Edward L. Gilmore said his department has reviewed most of the school buildings, primarily to make sure that school officials understand what is expected of them in working with the police if any kind of incident should occur.
“Most of our schools are in pretty good shape,” Gilmore said, adding principals at all the schools in Calumet City, “were given advice” on what changes need to be made in their buildings.
Just as concerned is Hughes George, the recently hired superintendent for Sunnybrook School District 171, which serves Lansing and Lynwood.
George said among his priorities thus far is to be sure that the district’s schools are in compliance with state health and life/safety requirements.
“I’m confident in our ability to keep our students safe,” he said.
Neither superintendent would talk of specific changes in policy at their respective school districts, although they said their studies will improve their security measures.
“We have been analyzing how we can make ourselves more effective,” Taylor said.