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Keeping Our Children Safe

Back to School is an important time for District 62 students and families. Sadly, it’s also an important day for Stranger Dangers. District 62 works closely with the District 62 school resource officer, local police departments, and our staff to ensure the safety of our students. We also want to remind parents to discuss the following safety precautions with your children:

  1. Children should not approach motor vehicles carrying strangers asking for directions. Adults don't need directions from children!
  2. Set up a code word with your children in the event of an emergency. A friend may have to pick up your child/children somewhere other than school and you need a plan. Your child should know the code word and understand the importance. Your child should be prepared to respond to anyone who knows the code word. Make the word meaningful to your family so a real Stranger Danger would not be able to figure it out.
  3. If a stranger does approach your child, tell them to remember the license plate number of the motor vehicle and to report this information to you immediately. Don't assume it was nothing and discount what your child has to tell you. Call your local police and report any suspicious activity.
  4. Teach your child to use the telephone and how to call for the police-911. It may help save a life one day-nab a Stranger Danger-catch a Burglar?
  5. Children need to know that Stranger Dangers sometimes claim to be the police. If a police officer needs to speak with your child, in the majority of cases, the police officer will be in a fully marked squad car with the name of your local community displayed and the officer will be in uniform. The police are aware of these types of encounters and will understand if a child may not want to speak with the officer for obvious reasons, especially if the officer is in an unmarked car and is in civilian clothing.
  6. With the heavy volume of traffic, numerous roads and expressways that link major cities urban communities, Stranger Dangers can easily avoid detection in just a few minutes by exiting the area on one of these major roadways. Stranger Dangers travel away from their homes and will pick a new town each day and may even travel a few communities in just one day.

Thank your for partnering with our school. We share the desire to keep all children safe, and we will continue to keep you informed. Please contact us should you have any questions or concerns.



Back to School Safety - Crossing Intersections

District 62 has eleven schools throughout Des Plaines. Children are found walking to and from these schools throughout the entire school year. Crossing guards are present to help children cross the streets safely. In Des Plaines there are approximately 41 schools crossing zones where crossing guards are stationed. Crossing guards wear a traffic safety vest and hold a portable stop sign making it easy to identify them. Everyone must obey his or her lawful commands. State law requires full obedience to crossing guards, equal to that of a police officer. Any person convicted of violating this law is subject to a mandatory fine of $150.00.

Please visit Des Plaines City Service Crossing Guard web page and view Crossing Guard Map. For more information regarding crossing guards, please call Officer Michael Heidkamp - Crossing Guard Coordinator, Des Plaines Police Department 847-391-5408.


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Leon Smaage
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777 East Algonquin Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016-6281
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