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School Safety


The State of Illinois has developed a school safety program called Safe2Help Illinois in an effort to raise awareness of 21st-century threats facing schoolchildren in Illinois. To read more about Safe 2 Help, click here

Contact Safe2Help

  • 844-4-SAFEIL (844-4-723345)
  • Text SAFE2 (72332)
  • Email

Suicide Prevention Resources

Dial 988 to contact the suicide and crisis lifeline. To learn more about keeping your child safe and to access suicide prevention resources, please visit our social work resources page.

Safety Drills & Training

District 401 is committed to providing a safe learning environment. The Illinois State Board of Education requires students and staff to undergo several safety drills and training.    

  • One bus evacuation 
  • Three fire drills
  • One shelter in place - tornado drill
  • One hard lockdown drill/active shooter drill
  • One soft lockdown drill
  • Mandatory health and safety training for all staff
  • Cook County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit sweeps
    • Not required by the ISBE but in place at EPHS and Elm

Safety Measures and Precautions

  • Two School Resource Officers
    • One full-time officer from the River Grove Police Department at Elmwood Park High School 
    • One full-time officer from the Elmwood Park Police Department travels between John Mills, Elmwood and Elm
  • Director for safety and security 
    • Provides mandatory safety training for all staff and students
    • Completes comprehensive safety audits in partnership with local police departments
  • Secure Visitor Entry 
    • Visitors must scan their ID through our secure system 
    • Secured Vestibule Entry at all District 401 schools 
  • District and Building Committees 
    • Threat Assessment team 
    • Safety committee 
    • Crisis team meetings