Oak Park and River Forest High School has been awarded $68,000 in funds from the Illinois School Security Grant Project to enhance the safety of the school. Governor Pat Quinn announced the awards.
According to OPRF Director of Campus Safety Randy Braverman, who wrote the grant application, the funds will be used to:
- Install a flashing-light emergency-notification system in areas where the public address system is not audible, such as the gymnasiums and pools.
- Install exterior emergency lights that will warn anyone outside the building that the school is on hard lockdown.
- Establish “areas of rescue” in the school, for students who are physically challenged or have special needs. Staff in these areas will be able to communicate directly with the fire department to safely evacuate the students.
The OPRF grant award is part of $25 million in funds being given by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) to 448 public elementary and secondary school districts, community colleges and state universities in Illinois. “The grants are being given to help schools enhance their baseline security efforts,” explained Braverman. “These measures will help us ensure that our campus is as safe as it can be for our students, staff and visitors.”