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Concealed Carry Act

IASB requested guidance from the federal Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO) concerning how to reconcile the federal law protecting student records with the reporting requirement under the Concealed Carry Act, P.A. 98-63 (CCA). The CCA requires a principal to report to the Ill. Dept. of State Police "when a student is determined to pose a clear and present danger to himself, herself, or to others, within 24 hours of the determination." The federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) contains restrictions on releasing education records that are not in the State school student records law. Other agencies and associations that joined IASB include the Ill. State Board of Education, the Ill. Principals Association, and the Ill. Association of School Administrators.

Please contact your school attorney for implementation advice concerning the CCA. Please click here to download the letter and relevant sections of the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. We wish to thank Kathryn Vander Broek, with Hinshaw & Culbertson, for her assistance.

Requirements for concealed carry signage
School districts must conspicuously post a sign at the entrance of each school building, real property, and parking area indicating that the carrying of a concealed firearm on or into the property is prohibited. Posting signs at the entrance of each administrative building and other district-owned buildings is advisable. Each sign must comply with the design established by the Illinois State Police (ISP). The sign on the reverse side complies with the ISP design (proposed rules at Sec. 1231.150, 37 Ill. Reg. 15875) and the template on the ISP website, www.isp.state.il.us/firearms/ccw/. The sign may be reproduced provided reproductions are no smaller than 4" x 6" in dimension.

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