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Illinois School Safety Group Offers Preliminary Suggestions

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Officials studying safety in Illinois schools say local authorities should adopt sound existing guidelines for securing the schoolhouse.

They should also build trust in students to come forward with their suspicions, and consult regularly with local police.

The School Security and Standards Task Force issued an interim report to the General Assembly. Members say it’s meant to offer schools a range of the best options for keeping their students safe in the classroom.

The task force put the report together after the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre in Connecticut.

The final version will be out in July.