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Full Text of HB3680  103rd General Assembly


Rep. Harry Benton

Filed: 3/20/2023





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 3680, on page 15,
3immediately below line 11, by inserting the following:
4    "Section 10. The School Safety Drill Act is amended by
5changing Section 20 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 128/20)
7    Sec. 20. Number of drills; incidents covered; local
8authority participation.
9    (a) During each academic year, schools must conduct a
10minimum of 3 school evacuation drills to address and prepare
11students and school personnel for fire incidents. These drills
12must meet all of the following criteria:
13        (1) One of the 3 school evacuation drills shall
14    require the participation of the appropriate local fire
15    department or district.
16            (A) Each local fire department or fire district



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1        must contact the appropriate school administrator or
2        his or her designee no later than September 1 of each
3        year in order to arrange for the participation of the
4        department or district in the school evacuation drill.
5            (B) Each school administrator or his or her
6        designee must contact the responding local fire
7        official no later than September 15 of each year and
8        propose to the local fire official 4 dates within the
9        month of October, during at least 2 different weeks of
10        October, on which the drill shall occur. The fire
11        official may choose any of the 4 available dates, and
12        if he or she does so, the drill shall occur on that
13        date.
14            (C) The school administrator or his or her
15        designee and the local fire official may also, by
16        mutual agreement, set any other date for the drill,
17        including a date outside of the month of October.
18            (D) If the fire official does not select one of the
19        4 offered dates in October or set another date by
20        mutual agreement, the requirement that the school
21        include the local fire service in one of its mandatory
22        school evacuation drills shall be waived. Schools,
23        however, shall continue to be strongly encouraged to
24        include the fire service in a school evacuation drill
25        at a mutually agreed-upon time.
26            (E) Upon the participation of the local fire



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1        service, the appropriate local fire official shall
2        certify that the school evacuation drill was
3        conducted.
4            (F) When scheduling the school evacuation drill,
5        the school administrator or his or her designee and
6        the local fire department or fire district may, by
7        mutual agreement on or before September 14, choose to
8        waive the provisions of subparagraphs (B), (C), and
9        (D) of this paragraph (1).
10        Additional school evacuation drills for fire incidents
11    may involve the participation of the appropriate local
12    fire department or district.
13        (2) Schools may conduct additional school evacuation
14    drills to account for other evacuation incidents,
15    including without limitation suspicious items or bomb
16    threats.
17        (3) All drills shall be conducted at each school
18    building that houses school children.
19    (b) During each academic year, schools must conduct a
20minimum of one bus evacuation drill. This drill shall be
21accounted for in the curriculum in all public schools and in
22all other educational institutions in this State that are
23supported or maintained, in whole or in part, by public funds
24and that provide instruction in any of the grades kindergarten
25through 12. This curriculum shall include instruction in safe
26bus riding practices for all students. Schools may conduct



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1additional bus evacuation drills. All drills shall be
2conducted at each school building that houses school children.
3    (b-5) Notwithstanding the minimum requirements established
4by this Act, private schools that do not utilize a bus to
5transport students for any purpose are exempt from subsection
6(b) of this Section, provided that the chief school
7administrator of the private school provides written assurance
8to the State Board of Education that the private school does
9not plan to utilize a bus to transport students for any purpose
10during the current academic year. The assurance must be made
11on a form supplied by the State Board of Education and filed no
12later than October 15. If a private school utilizes a bus to
13transport students for any purpose during an academic year
14when an assurance pursuant to this subsection (b-5) has been
15filed with the State Board of Education, the private school
16shall immediately notify the State Board of Education and
17comply with subsection (b) of this Section no later than 30
18calendar days after utilization of the bus to transport
19students, except that, at the discretion of the private
20school, students chosen for participation in the bus
21evacuation drill need include only the subgroup of students
22that are utilizing bus transportation.
23    (c) During each academic year, schools must conduct a law
24enforcement lockdown drill to address a school shooting
25incident. No later than 90 days after the first day of each
26school year, schools must conduct at least one law enforcement



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1lockdown drill that addresses an active threat or an active
2shooter within a school building. Such drills must be
3conducted according to the school district's or private
4school's emergency and crisis response plans, protocols, and
5procedures to evaluate the preparedness of school personnel
6and students. Law enforcement lockdown drills must be
7conducted on days and times when students are normally present
8in the school building and must involve participation from all
9school personnel and students present at school at the time of
10the lockdown drill, except that administrators or school
11support personnel in their discretion may exempt students from
12the lockdown drill. The appropriate local law enforcement
13agency shall observe the administration of the lockdown drill.
14All drills must be conducted at each school building that
15houses school children.
16        (1) A law enforcement lockdown drill must meet all of
17    the following criteria:
18            (A) During each calendar year, the appropriate
19        local law enforcement agency shall contact the
20        appropriate school administrator to request to
21        participate in a law enforcement lockdown drill. The
22        school administrator and local law enforcement agency
23        shall set, by mutual agreement, a date for the
24        lockdown drill.
25            (A-5) The lockdown drill shall require the on-site
26        participation of the local law enforcement agency. If



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1        a mutually agreeable date cannot be reached between
2        the school administrator and the appropriate local law
3        enforcement agency, then the school shall still hold
4        the lockdown drill without participation from the
5        agency.
6            (B) Upon the participation of a local law
7        enforcement agency in a law enforcement lockdown
8        drill, the appropriate local law enforcement official
9        shall certify that the law enforcement lockdown drill
10        was conducted and notify the school in a timely manner
11        of any deficiencies noted during the drill.
12            (C) The lockdown drill must not include
13        simulations that mimic an actual school shooting
14        incident or active shooter event.
15            (D) All lockdown drills must be announced in
16        advance to all school personnel and students prior to
17        the commencement of the drill.
18            (E) Lockdown drill content must be age appropriate
19        and developmentally appropriate.
20            (F) Lockdown drills must include and involve
21        school personnel, including school-based mental health
22        professionals.
23            (G) Lockdown drills must include trauma-informed
24        approaches to address the concerns and well-being of
25        students and school personnel.
26        (2) Schools may conduct additional law enforcement



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1    drills at their discretion.
2        (3) (Blank).
3        (4) School administrators and school support personnel
4    may, in their discretion, exempt a student or students
5    from participating in a walk-through lockdown drill. When
6    deciding whether to exempt a student from participating in
7    a walk-through lockdown drill, the administrator and
8    school support personnel shall include the student's
9    individualized education program team or federal Section
10    504 plan team in the decision to exempt the student from
11    participating.
12        (5) Schools must provide sufficient information and
13    notification to parents and guardians in advance of any
14    walk-through lockdown drill that involves the
15    participation of students. Schools must also provide to
16    parents and guardians an opportunity to exempt their child
17    for any reason from participating in the walk-through
18    lockdown drill.
19        (6) Schools must provide alternative safety education
20    and instruction related to an active threat or active
21    shooter event to students who do not participate in a
22    walk-through lockdown drill to provide them with essential
23    information, training, and instruction through less
24    sensorial safety training methods.
25        (7) During the drill, students must be allowed to ask
26    questions related to the drill.



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1        (8) Law enforcement may choose to run an active
2    shooter simulation, including simulated gun fire drills,
3    but only on school days when students are not present.
4    Parental notification is not required for drills conducted
5    pursuant to this paragraph (8) if students are not
6    required to be present.
7    (d) During each academic year, schools must conduct a
8minimum of one severe weather and shelter-in-place drill to
9address and prepare students and school personnel for possible
10tornado incidents and may conduct additional severe weather
11and shelter-in-place drills to account for other incidents,
12including without limitation earthquakes or hazardous
13materials. All drills shall be conducted at each school
14building that houses school children.
15(Source: P.A. 102-395, eff. 8-16-21.)".