Suspicious Package Found Near Hoffman Estates High School Football Field Determined Safe by Hoffman Estates Police

Hoffman Estates police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 10:30 AM Thursday to a report of a suspicious package at Hoffman Estates, 1100 West HIggins Road Hoffman Estates , IL. Police and firefighter/paramedics received a report that a suspicious package was found on the football field by a school staff member.

The package was located on the outer perimeter of the stadium, according to a statement from Hoffman Estates High School.

Firefighters received a report that the package was located near the football field.

The IHSA girls state tennis tournament is being held at the school currently, and all participants and spectators were moved inside the school building while the area was secured or determined to be secure outside.

Investigation by Hoffman Estates Police Determined that the package did not pose a threat, and an “All Clear” message was issued by police at 12:35 p.m. Scheduled activities resumed immediately after the “All Clear.”

District 211 Soft-Lockdown Procedures …

1. Students in the nearby hallway and bathrooms should be brought into the classroom or office.

2. Close classroom and office doors and windows, but leave all window coverings open unless otherwise advised.

3. Remain in classroom or office areas and continue with normal activities until further notice.

4. Take attendance and prepare to report absences to the Unified Command when asked to do so.

5. If outside the building, immediately return to your classroom or office. (Unless the Soft-Lockdown is called due to a bomb-threat. In this case, you will be notified to report to the student assembly area outside the school.)

6. All exterior doors should be closed, locked, and monitored by designated staff members.

7. No one is allowed to enter the building without authority of the Unified Command or until the “All Clear” signal is given.

8. No students, staff, or visitors are allowed out of the building until the “All Clear” signal is given.

The soft-lockdown procedures apparently did not indicate procedures for a bomb threat OUTSIDE the building.

Compare to Hard-Lockdown Procedures …

1. Students in the hallway and bathrooms should be brought into the classroom or office, if it is safe to do so.

2. Move students away from the doors and windows, and group them on the floor and have them kneel or lay down in the back of the classroom or in another safe area of the classroom.

3. Close and lock classroom and office doors; turn off lights and audio visual equipment and maintain silence.

4. Cover classroom door window, if possible, but open any exterior window coverings to allow emergency responders to see inside the classrooms.

5. Remain in classroom or office areas until further notice.

6. List absent or missing students as soon as possible and be prepared to report that information to the Unified Command or local emergency responders when told to do so.

7. Ignore fire alarms and all bells unless instructed by the Unified Command or local emergency responders.

8. If outside the building at the time of the lockdown, students and staff should report immediately to the designated Off-Campus Student Evacuation Site.

9. Students and staff should remain in their classroom until notified by a uniformed Police Officer that it is safe to leave the room. The Police will give instructions on what to do next.

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