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Student Emergency Procedures

Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 continues to refine its crisis response planning and to be vigilant about the safety of its students and staff. Following months of intensive study and discussion, the District 205 Safety Committee has finalized two documents that outline these procedures. The first document is an overview of Current Safety and Security Measures. The second is a list of Frequently Asked Questions related to District 205’s emergency preparedness.

As part of that preparedness, all 13 schools, as well as the Transition Center, participate in annual safety drills, including: three fire drills (emergency evacuation), bus evacuation, lockdown in conjunction with the Elmhurst Police Department, tornado and earthquake.

To ensure continued safety during the school day, parents and community members should be aware of the following guidelines when entering a school building in District 205.

1. All visitors will be expected to check in at the main door for visual identification. They will be required to state their name and purpose of their visit. School office personnel will use the following questions and guidelines to admit visitors to the building:

  • How may I help you?
  • Do you have an appointment?
  • What is your name?
  • Please wait while I verify your information.

2. Any visitor with or without a prior appointment must check in with the office staff to state the purpose of their visit. All visitors must enter through the main entrance.

3. All visitors desiring to meet with a teacher must have a prior appointment. Please contact your child’s teacher to make an appointment.  

  • The names of all individuals with appointments will be given to the office personnel each morning.
    • Only parents, guardians and individuals named as emergency contacts will be allowed to enter the school building. (This does not include special events which will have separate lists prepared prior to the event.)
  • Parents who are called by the nurse's office or have sent a note to the school with their child in the morning indicating that they will be picking the child up at a specific time do not need to call the office before coming to the building.

Student Emergency Procedures Brochure