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Current Laws

 TopicDescription
 Link
 Effective Date
 Sexual Abuse Prevention Training
 Amended the Health Education Act to include age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness.
 Public Act 97-1147 1/24/2013
 Erin's Law
 Created a Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Assault. Adopts and implements a policy addressing sexual abuse of children that may include age-appropriate curriculum for students in Pre-K through fifth grade.
 Public Act 96-1524 2/14/2011
 Suicide Warning Signs Training
 Training mandated on warning signs of suicidal behavior.
 Suicide Training Mandate 
 Identify Suicide and Mental Illness
 Required school personnel who work with pupils in grades 7-12 shall be trained to identify the warning signs of mental illness and suicidal behavior.
 Publlic Act 98-0471 1/01/2014
 Principal Endorsement
 Allows experience in student personnel services (school counselors) to count towards Principal endorsement. Extends previous sunset date from 6/30/19 to 6/30/21.
 Public Act 099-0623 07/22/16
 License Renewal Requirements
 ISBE still urges administration to continue professional development.
 Renewing your License 
 Authorization for LCPCs
 Adds LCPC as authorized to order restraints. The law already includes LCSW.
 Public Act 098-0137 08/02/2013
 LCPC/LPC Licensure Law
 Covers anyone licensed regardless of work setting. Requires confidentiality. Also requires compliance with Mental Health and Development Disabilities Confidentiality Act.
 Licensure Law-Privileged Communication 07/01/2012

Health and Safety

 Topic Description
Link
Effective Date
 School Counselor Confidentiality
 Protects privileged or confidential communication with a school counselor and prohibits adverse employment action for keeping confidentiality.
 Public Act 096-0628  01/01/2010
 Sex Education
 School districts that do not provide sex education are not required to do so, but that if a course is offered in any of the grades 6-12, the district may choose to adapt the complete sex education curriculum that meets specific needs of its community. Sex education courses shall emphasize that abstinence is a responsible and positive decision that is the only protection that is 100% effective.
 Public Act 098-0441  01/01/2014
 Communicable Disease Disclosure
 Amends the Communicable Disease Prevention Act reporting requirements regarding children diagnosed with or testing positive for HIV or AIDS. The act previously required the Department of Public Health or local health departments to notify the principal of the child's school. HB 61 repealed the requirement.
 Public Act 098-0353  01/01/2014
 Student Optional Disclosure of Mental Health
 Provides that all institutions of higher learning shall supply the student with the opportunity to per-authorize in writing the disclosure of certain private medical health information to a designated person.
 Public Act 099-0278  1/02/2016
 Pregnant Teens
 Just because a student happens to be a minor who attends school in a particular district and then becomes pregnant doesn't establish a duty for the school to notify the parents of her pregnancy.
 A duty to notify?  
 GLSEN - Transgender School Policy
 Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network - Model District Policy on Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students, which outlines best practices for schools to ensure that all students are safe, included, and respected in school.
 GLSEN - Transgender School Policy  
 ILHSA - Transgender School Policy
 Illinois High School Association -  Recommended Gender Equity Waiver & Transgender Policy
 Links to Waiver & Trans Policy  
 Child Bereavement Leave Act
 Creates the Child Bereavement Leave Act and amends the State Finance Act. Provides that an employee may use specified amounts of bereavement leave to grieve the death of the employee's child, attend services, or make arrangements.
 Public Act 099-0703  07/29/2016
 Gang Activity
 In a school district other than the Chicago School District, a principal will have the responsibility to utilize the resources of law enforcement when the safety and welfare of students and teachers are threatened by illegal use of possession of weapons, or by illegal gang activity. Illegal gang activity is an offense under which the courts or police must report to the principal when a student is detained.
 Public Act 098-0059  1/01/2014
 Consealed Carry
 Prevents those licensed to concealed carry from knowingly carrying a firearm on or into school property.
 Public Act 98-0063  07/09/2013
 Student Discipline
 Eliminates zero tolerance policies and many other changes.
 Public Act 099-0456  09/15/2016
 Mental Health Youth Protection
 Provides that no mental health provider shall engage in sexual orientation change efforts with a person under the age of 18. Defines "mental health provider".
 Public Act 099-0411  01/01/2016
 Epinephrine Auto-Injectors (epi-pen)
 Any designated personnel may administer an Epinephrine auto-injector.
 Public Act 98-0795  08/01/2014

Student Resources

Topic
Description
 Link
Effective date
 Social Network Password
 Makes it a petty offense for a post-secondary school to request or require a student of parent/guardian to provide a password or other account information in order to gain access to a student's account or profile on a social networking website. Schools must provide notification of this protection by publishing it in the schools handbook and/or disciplinary policy.
 Public Act 98-0129  01/01/2014
 FERPA  Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act - federal law that affords parents the right to have access to their children's education records, the right to seek to have the records amended, and the right to consent to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from education records, except as provided by law. When a student turns 18, the rights under FERPA transfer from the parents to the student.
 Power Point explaining FERPA  
 AP Exams
 Lowers passing AP score to 3, 4, or 5. Beginning 2016-2017 academic year.
 Public Act 099-0358  8/13/2015
 Threatening a Public Official
 Adds "human service provider" to the list of individuals included in the offense of "threatening a public official"
 Public Act 98-0529  01/01/2014
 Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act
 Creates the Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act
 Public Act 99-0674  07/29/2016
 AP Computer Science Courses
 An AP Computer Course can fulfill mathematics graduation requirements.
 Public Act 098-0885  08/15/2014
 Bring Parent to School Day
 Sets the first Monday in October as "Bring Your Parents to School Day".
 Public Act 098-0304  01/01/2014
 School Counselor Definition
 A qualified specialist who holds a School Service Personnel certificate endorsed in school counseling issued pursuant to Section 21-25 of the Illinois School Code.
 105 ILCS School Code  07/10/2003

Other Resources

Topic
Description
Link
 Clear and Present Danger
 Mandated reporting for students who are a clear and present danger to themselves or others
 IL State Police FAQ
 School Counselor Interns
 Proposed Amendments to Part 25 (Educator Licensure)
 Illinois Content Area Standards
 Student Loan Forgiveness
 Public Service Workers
 Student Loan Forgiveness
 School Administrator Reporting of Mental Health: Clear and Present Danger Determinations Law
 Duty of school administrator to report to the Department of State Police when a student is posed as dangerous to himself, herself, or others.
 Illinois State Police Reporting Instruction
 School Service Personnel
 Illinois Certification Process
 ISBE Certification
 ESSCP Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program: Funding for the development of school counseling programs
 U.S. Department of Education

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