|School Counselor Confidentiality||Protects privileged or confidential communication with a school counselor and prohibits adverse employment action for keeping confidentiality.||Public Act 96-28||1/01/2010|
| 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 information||07/01/2012|
|School Counselor Licensure||How to get licensed as a School Counselor in Illinois||How To|
Clear and Present Danger
|Clear and Present Danger||Mandated reporting for students who are a clear and present danger to themselves or others||IL State Police FAQ|
|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 Instructions|
Trainings and Endorsements
|Topic||Description || 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|
Health and Safety
| 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|
| 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|
|Topic ||Description ||Link|
| School Counselor Interns|| Proposed Amendments to Part 25 (Educator Licensure)||Illinois Content Area Standards|
| Student Loan Forgiveness|| Public Service Workers||Student Loan Forgiveness|
| 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|