High School District 219
Locker Room Safety and Security
Dear Parents and Students,
Today’s students enjoy a variety of electronic devices that weren’t available to students of the past. From laptops and netbooks to cell phones and iPods, many of our students bring at least one, if not several, expensive and desirable items to school every day.
Because of this trend, we are recommending that you keep your valuables safe by taking the following steps:
- Limit the number of valuables brought to school. Students should only bring those items needed for their education.
- Keep valuables on your person. Students should never leave valuables unattended. This includes in their backpacks. Whether it is a wallet with $20 or an expensive iPhone, valuables left unattended create opportunity for theft.
- Secure your items in your hall locker. The hall locker is the safest place for valuables that cannot be kept on your person. The hall locker is safe because the student can choose a trusted friend as a partner and the two of them are the only ones who know the combination. Please do not share your combination with others because sharing combinations also creates opportunity for theft.
- Electronics and other valuables should not be brought into the locker rooms at any time. By law, any electronic item with a camera may not be used in locker rooms or restrooms. Additionally, locker rooms in any school, health club, park district, etc., are the most vulnerable areas of a facility in terms of opportunity for theft.
- There are several methods to secure valuables before heading to PE class or practice.
- Store items that cannot be carried on your person in your hall locker.
- Store items in the “Laptop Lockers” located near the vending machines outside of the cafeteria. You may also charge your device while it is stored in the laptop locker
- For those students driving, they should return valuables to the trunk of their car before attending after-school practice
Most thefts occur because valuables are left unattended and unsecured. Students can avoid becoming a victim by being aware of their surroundings, by keeping valuables out of sight and secured, and by not bringing valuables into the locker room for PE class or practice.