This Week in School and Campus Safety

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This Weekly Update by the Illinois School and Campus Safety Program shares information on Peoria Public Schools Chief Demario Boone receiving Campus Safety K-12 Director of the Year, provides resources for World Suicide Prevention Day and National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and links to an announcement by the IDPH about the first human case of West Nile Virus in 2020.

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Laura Black
Program Coordinator
Illinois School and Campus Safety Program
Chief Demario Boone of Peoria Public Schools Wins Campus Safety K-12 Director of the Year; Additional Article Recently Released

In February, Peoria Public Schools Chief Demario Boone was announced as a finalist for Campus Safety K-12 Director of the Year by Campus Safety Magazine. In July, Chief Boone won the Campus Safety K-12 Director of the Year along with Guy Grace of Littleton, Colorado. Most recently, Campus Safety Magazine published an article about Chief Boone titled "Security Director Gives Back to Community That Raised Him," which highlights several of Chief Boone's accomplishments during his time with Peoria Public Schools.
World Suicide Prevention Day

Today, September 10th, is World Suicide Prevention Day. To help promote suicide prevention awareness, in addition to the resources in the Aug. 27th and Sept. 3rd Weekly Updates, here are some resources to consider reviewing and sharing.

IDPH Reports First Human Case of Wile Nile Virus in 2020

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced yesterday that the first human case of the West Nile Virus in 2020 has been reported. The IDPH encourages everyone to "Fight the Bite" by following the 3 R's:

  • "REDUCE - make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or other openings. Try to keep doors and windows shut.
  • Eliminate, or refresh each week, all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed, including water in bird baths, ponds, flowerpots, wading pools, old tires, and any other containers.
  • REPEL - when outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535 according to label instructions. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants.
  • REPORT - report locations where you see water sitting stagnant for more than a week such as roadside ditches, flooded yards, and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes. The local health department or city government may be able to add larvicide to the water, which will kill any mosquito larvae."
Illinois School and Campus Safety Program