Here we go again.
The Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) is once again asking member school boards to support a resolution allowing for firearms in schools. This has been defeated at least twice previously. We need everyone to reach out to their local districts and ask them to vote NO on Resolution 2 detailed below. Voting takes place November 19-21, so plan to connect with your school board by mid-October.
RESOLUTION 2. Student Safety and Protection Plan Submitted by: Mercer County SD 404 BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Illinois Association of School Boards shall support and advocate for legislation which provides local school boards the option of developing Student Safety and Protection Plans which allow voluntary district employees, in any capacity, the ability to carry a concealed firearm on district property, provided the employee has a valid Illinois Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card holds a certified Illinois Concealed Carry License, and has completed all additional trainings and certifications set forth by the respective school board, one of which must include yearly certified active shooter training. Only district employees who fulfill all requirements listed and receive superintendent and board approval would be eligible as an active and armed part of the Student Safety and Protection Plan.
This was attempted two years ago. It was resoundingly defeated. And now it’s back again. Please contact your school board representative today and make it clear that guns have no place in schools. This is a zero tolerance issue.