For the fifth year in a row, the district received a perfect score for its annual Health and Life Safety Inspections. The safety of students and staff is a primary goal of the district’s facilities department. Throughout the year, dedicated staff work to improve and maintain the five school buildings and central office that make up 445,902 square feet of buildings on 69.26 acres of land.
The annual process conducted by the McHenry County’s Regional Office of Education involves an audit to ensure all regular inspections, testings, and drills have been completed in accordance with state and federal laws. The ROE performs a walk-through of every building to confirm fire prevention, security, and safety procedures are in place.
Director of Facilities Management Steve Miller attributed the “Five for Five” score to the hard work and cooperation of all members of Harvard CUSD 50.
From the Illinois State Board of Education:
It was the tragic fire at the Our Lady of the Angels School in 1958 that led to the establishment of the Code drafting committee. In 1963, the State Superintendent issued Circular Series A-157 (Part 185), entitled, “Building Specifications for Health and Safety in Public Schools” and Circular Series A-156 Part 175), entitled, “Efficient and Adequate Standards for the Construction of Schools.” Currently Part 180, entitled “Health/Life Safety Code for Public Schools” is in effect for new schools.
You can learn more about Health and Life Safety programs at the Illinois State Board of Education’s website.