GLENWOOD | The state's first concealed carry permits haven't yet been issued, but Brookwood School District 167 is taking steps to keep weapons out of its schools.
Superintendent Valorie Moore suggested a policy change to the School Board during its regular meeting Tuesday. The board would vote on the issue during its next meeting in March.
"That's something that, as a district, we feel strongly about," Moore said. "We don't want anyone entering our buildings with a firearm."
"Out of concern for the safety of its students and staff and pursuant to state law, the district prohibits individuals from possessing concealed firearms on or into any building, real property and/or parking area under the control of the district," Moore read in a statement.
Concealed carry permits could be issued as soon as next month. State police began receiving applications Jan. 4 after Illinois became the final state to allowed the carrying of concealed weapons.
Schools are listed as "prohibited places" to carry concealed firearms in the law.
If approved, signs would be posted at the entrance of each district building warning that guns are prohibited inside.
"For us, this is immediate (after the state law went into effect)," Moore said. "This is the earliest that we could (set a policy)."
Moore said she was not aware of any district policy regarding firearms on school property before this.