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ISP “Clear and Present Danger” Reporting Agreement Implementation Date Postponed to March 15 for all Public and Private K-12 Schools

By February 27, 2023March 5th, 2023News, The Extra Mile Newsletter

The Illinois State Police recently notified many principals and other school administrators throughout the state that, as of March 1, schools would need to utilize the ISP Law Enforcement Portal to make reports of individuals determined to constitute a “clear and present danger” under the Illinois Firearm Owners Identification Card Act and the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. In addition, the ISP provided a Law Enforcement Portal User Agreement for School Administrators, requesting each administrator to sign this Agreement as part of the process for registering with the portal.

As indicated in the Hodges Loizzi February 14 email update on this topic, a group of education stakeholders, including representatives of the Illinois Council of School Attorneys, met today with ISP legal counsel to discuss the terms of the Agreement and the logistics of implementation of the Agreement and portal access. As a result of these discussions, it our understanding the ISP intends that, going forward, this portal will be used by all K-12 schools, including public school districts, charter schools, and nonpublic schools.

As to implementation, the ISP will continue to work with the stakeholders to revise the Agreement terms to better reflect the process and responsibilities. The plan is that only one Agreement will need to be signed on behalf of each entity (e.g., one Agreement per school district), with individuals with reporting responsibility being assigned individual user logins.

In addition, since it is apparent that not all school districts, charters, and nonpublic schools received the initial ISP email, the ISP will update its distribution list to ensure all entities with reporting responsibilities receive a communication from ISP. Lastly, in order to allow time for these adjustments, the ISP will push back the implementation date for mandatory school administrator use of the portal until at least March 15, 2023. Hodges Loizzi will provide further updates as this process progresses.

For questions regarding the new Law Enforcement Portal User Agreement for School Administrators, please contact Heather Brickman or any other Hodges Loizzi attorney.