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Illinois School Safety Standards

CENTEGIX | Education

Illinois School Safety Standards

School and Campus Safety Grant Program

Overseen by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, the School and Campus Safety Grant Program was created to provide a baseline security level for all public schools in the state. Funds affected:

Public K-12 school districts

Inter-district special education cooperatives

Public university systems

Public community colleges

Approximately $25 million was distributed to state schools to fund 1,312 projects, including reinforced doors, physical locks, and other security measures.

The Illinois Department of Human Services has grants available for firearm violence prevention and mental health.

Illinois School Safety Drill Act

Illinois school alert systems are crucial for protecting students and creating safe environments for learning. The Illinois Association of School Boards recognized the need for a comprehensive school policy on school safety.

The organization is a member of the Illinois School Security and Standards Task Force and the Illinois Terrorism Task Force, both of which were created to develop standards to make state schools safer for students and staff.

The association has hosted school safety seminars to share school safety resources. It also helped write the School Safety Drill Act, which set standards in place for schools to follow when conducting safety drills. The act also encourages school officials to work with first responders, so everyone understands their roles and responsibilities in the event of a dangerous situation on campus.

The Illinois School Safety Drill Act: 

Establishes a minimum number of drills to conduct each year

Explains the types of drills that can be used

Requires school emergency and crisis plans to be reviewed each year by school officials and first responders

Requires reporting to state officials to ensure compliance

Illinois School and Campus Safety Resource Center

The Illinois School and Campus Safety Resource Center is a clearinghouse of information designed to help education leaders protect the students in their care. The center’s website includes links to information about:

school and gang violence

active shooter/ threat

behavior threat assessment

site assessment

bullying and cyberbullying

In addition, the site directs school officials to a number of courses so administrators, staff members, and teachers can become better at recognizing and preventing threats to school safety.

The center provides a variety of best practices appropriate for K-12 schools and higher education campuses.

Factors Impacting School Climate

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority says that Illinois schools should implement safety plans that include efforts to create a positive school climate.

Factors that impact school climate include:

Physical and social-emotional safety

Respect for diversity and social support

Social, emotional, ethical, and civic learning

Physical surroundings on campus

According to research, students who see school in positive ways are less likely to skip or engage in fights than students who see school in negative ways.

The authority’s report also addresses bullying. If left unchecked or even normalized, bullying can have an adverse impact on students’ mental health and hamper relationships with peers.

According to research, a substantial percentage of school shooters have shared their intentions to do harm. The authority advises school leaders to focus on behavioral threat assessment as a way to respond to individuals with the potential to commit violence.

How Are Your Resources Being Spent?

CENTEGIX protects over 11,500 schools across the country. We can protect your school, too.

The CENTEGIX Safety Platform™, featuring CrisisAlert™, accelerates your response to emergencies. We’ve built the CENTEGIX Safety Platform to support you in the single most critical factor of incident response: time. Because in an emergency, every second matters.

Discover federal resources to fund new safety and security initiatives in your district by exploring federal funding resources for school safety.

Illinois School Districts

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Pleasantdale School District 107 logo
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Hear from Our Illinois Educators

We engage with teachers and staff every day to understand how CrisisAlert supports them, and here’s what they’ve shared:

Multiple students began a verbal altercation in our hallways and it was escalating to the point where a staff member had to place herself between two upset students. A physical altercation was looming. I pressed my CENTEGIX badge and multiple administrators arrived quickly to deescalate the situation.

High school teacher

Jacksonville School District, IL

A student was having a meltdown at the beginning of the day. He proceeded to kick, cry, and try to run away. Extra hands were needed from other adults because the student could have fled quickly. It is a fast way to easily alert staff that are able to resolve or help with the situation.

Elementary school teacher

Jacksonville School District, IL


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CENTEGIX and the Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program (ILTPP) have partnered to provide ILTPP members the award-winning incident response CrisisAlert™ solution at a significantly discounted price.

ILTPP is a statewide cooperative of Illinois K-12 educational entities that aggregate our buying power and expertise to procure technology products and services at better prices than is available to an individual organization.

CENTEGIX is proud to be a vendor partner of ILTPP. Learn more here.

Discover the Safety Platform

Safety solutions that prioritize speed for the best outcome.

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A wearable mobile panic button quickly and discreetly initiates alerts.
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Mapping and locating capabilities provide the precise locationof emergencies, visitors, and safety assets.

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Audiovisual notifications notify everyone rapidly of a crisis.
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A visitor management system screens and locates visitors on your campus.

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Protocol development to plan for rapid incident response.

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A private, managed network provides campus-wide coverage.
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Integrations to your existing safety assets to extend their capabilities.

CENTEGIX CrisisAlert vs. Mobile Apps

CrisisAlert eliminates vulnerabilities related to app-only solutions and enables rapid incident response to all emergencies.

In an Emergency, You Need CrisisAlert™

Adverse situations can happen at any moment—from everyday crises such as medical emergencies, severe weather, and physical altercations to extreme situations that threaten your entire campus. The faster you get help to the right location, the better the outcome.

See how our CrisisAlert wearable mobile panic button empowers staff to get help instantly in an emergency. 

Ready to Connect with a CENTEGIX Specialist to Learn More?

Matt Young

Midwest Regional Sales VP

Phone: 586-713-7513


Gary Kughn

Regional Sales Director

Phone: 810-531-1658


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