ROCHELLE - Students in Illinois should soon be safer after Governor Quinn signed into law a bill creating a School Security and Standards Task Force, sponsored by State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) and Senator Tim Bivins (R-Dixon) to ensure the safety of students, teachers, and employees.
“After recent school shootings and tragedies, it's important that we look for opportunities to improve safety and security in Illinois schools,” said Demmer. “Students, teachers, and visitors are supposed to feel safe when they go to school, that's why they have always been known as 'safe zones'.”
The School Security and Standards Task Force is designed to make schools safer by examining the current level of safety in schools and making recommendations for improvement. The School Security and Standards Task Force is being created within the State Board of Education to study the security of schools in this State, to make recommendations and set a minimum standard for safety to ensure that all students, teachers, and administrators can learn and work in a safe environment.
“This new law will help officials focus on the actual physical building, the school, and how they can create minimum standards to protect those schools and the students, faculty and staff in them,” Bivins said. “We are looking at ideas to improve physical security measures – an important topic of discussion at the beginning of a new school year.”
The responsibilities of the Task Force will be to provide a report on or before January 1, 2014 to the General Assembly and the Governor on their specific recommendations for specific changes that may be set by legislative measures. The Task Force shall also provide a report at the same time to the State Board of Education on their recommendations for a model security plan policy for schools to access and use as guidelines.
Demmer added “Our children spend the first half of their lives in schools; the last thing they should have to worry about is their own safety during a social studies class.”