Section 5: Health and Safety

Section 5: Health and Safety

Asbestos Management Plan

Each school maintains an asbestos management plan describing asbestos-containing materials in the building. Parents may review the plans at the school sites or at the District Office.

Bicycle Safety

Bicycle riders are subject to Illinois traffic laws. It is strongly advised that every student register his/her bike with the Northbrook Police Department. Please remember:
• Be sure to wear proper safety gear, including a helmet.
• Have proper lights and reflectors in front and rear of bike.
• Be sure your bike is always in proper operating condition.
• Be sure to obey all traffic signals; keep to the right; exercise caution at all times.
• Walk your bicycle across intersections; stay on designated bike paths only.
• Yield to pedestrians; be alert when riding your bike.
• Bikes must be parked in the bike rack at school; do not ride around the parking lot.
• Be sure to have your own bike lock and use it at all times.
• Never lock your bike to someone else’s bike.
• Respect others’ property at all times.
• Do not “ride double.”
• Exercise extreme caution in poor weather conditions.
• Ride single file when in a group.

Bicycles, Scooters and Roller Blades

Bicycles must be locked in the bike racks. Skateboards and scooters must be kept in the location determined by the school. Roller blades must be kept in the student’s locker. Walk your bicycle on school property; carry your skateboard or scooter on school property; and change roller blades to street shoes before arriving on school property.

CPR and AED Video Notification

Illinois Public Act 098-0305 requires the Illinois High School Association to post a training video about hands-on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation/Automated External Defibrillator use on its website. Local school districts are directed to provide the video link to staff and families. The link can be found here.

Emergency Contact Information

Any changes to emergency contact information should be reported to the school administrative assistant as soon as possible.

Emergency School Closing

There are several ways to find out if school is closed.
• Watch for an e-mail message. Have you changed your e-mail address lately? Please call your school secretary to update your information.

• Listen for a recorded "School Messenger" automated message from the District. Calls about severe weather closings will be sent to all parent/guardian home and cell phone numbers. Have you changed your phone number recently? Please call your school secretary to update your information. For directions on how to opt-in to text messaging, please click here.

• Visit your child's school website or the District 28 website, where the information will be posted on the front page.

• If you participate in Facebook, an update will be posted on the District's page.

• Tune in to local radio: WGN (720-AM), WBBM(780-AM) & The Zone (94.7-FM).

• Tune in to local television: CBS, NBC, ABC, WGN, FOX and CLTV.

How do we make our decision?

We make the decision to open or close the schools in inclement weather based on a careful analysis of all relevant factors, such as:
• Information on road conditions from our transportation provider and from our buildings and grounds department: We must give careful consideration to the most dangerous roads in the District.

• Amount of snow and ice accumulation and whether it is continuing.

• Building conditions (such as whether we have electricity and heat).

• Parking lot conditions: Administrators talk to maintenance and custodial staff members who are responsible for clearing and treating school parking lots and sidewalks.

• Temperature and wind chill: some of our students walk to school and others must wait outside for the bus.

• Weather predictions: We prefer not making our decision based on weather predictions, which are not always accurate. However, sometimes this is unavoidable.

• What other school districts are doing: We make our decision in cooperation with other Northbrook area elementary districts and with Glenbrook North High School.