Illinois School Counselor Association

Current laws

 Short Description
 Legislation Link
 PDF of Section
Effective Date
 Principal EndorsementAllows 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
 Social and Emotional Screenings Requires social and emotional screenings for children as part of the their school entry examinations Public Act 99-0927 06/01/17
 Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act Creates the Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act.  Public Act 99-0674
 FERPA Sample release forms for 18 yr olds
Power point explaining the law
Sample 1
Sample 2
 AP Exams
 Lower passing AP score to 3, 4 or 5.
Beginning 2016-17 academic year
 Public Act 99-0358
 Student Discipline
 Eliminates zero tolerance policies and many other changes.
Public Act 99-0456
 SB 100 09/15/2016
 Principal Endorsement
 Includes conditions under which an applicant can be considered for Principal Endorsement if they lack necessary experience.
Public Act 098-1147
Sec. 25.337
 Principal Endorsement
Allows experience in student personnel services (school counselors) to count towards Principal endorsement.
Public Act 098-0917
 Epinephrine Auto-Injectors
 Any designated personnel may administer an Epinephrine auto-injector
Public Act 098-0795
Sec 1.540
 AP Computer Science Courses
 An AP Computer Course can fulfill mathematics graduation requirements.
Public Act 098-0885
Sec. 1.440
Bring Parent to
School Day
 Sets the first Monday in October as "Bring Your Parents to School Day".
 Public Act 98-0304  Sec. 10-20.55  01/01/2014
School Counselor
 Protects privileged or confidential communication with a school counselor and prohibits adverse employment action for keeping confidentiality.
 Public Act 96-0628 Sec. 5  01/01/2010
School Counselor
 Basic definition
School counselor
 Sec. 10-22.24a.
Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness ActSets forth provisions concerning postsecondary career expectations; a competency-based, high school graduation requirements pilot program and transitional competencies and courses.Public Act 99-434  07/01/2016
School Counseling
Services Definition
 Services list. Allows qualified others to provide those services.
 Sec. 10-22.24b.  07/09/1999
Sexual Abuse Prevention Training
(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

Sexual Abuse Prevention Training
 Amended the Health Education Act to include age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness.
Public Act 97-1147
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 98-0441 Sec. 27-9.1
Suicide Warning Signs Training
 Training mandated on warning signs of suicidal behavior.
  Suicide Sec. 10-22.39
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 Dept. of Public Health or local heath departments to notify the principal of the child's school. HB 61 repealed the requirement.
 Public Act 98-0353 Sec. 5
Concealed Carry
  Public Act 98-0063
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.

Reporting form
 Sec. 100-110  07/09/2013
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 or 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 98-0059 Sec. 10-21.4a.
Sec. 22-20

Social Network Password
 Makes it a petty offense for a post-secondary school to request or require a student or 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
 Sec. 1-20  01/01/2014
Identify Suicide and Mental Illness
 Requires school personnel who work with pupils in grades 7-12 shall be trained to identify the warning signs of mental illness and suicide behavior.
 Public Act 98-0471  Sec. 34-18.7.  01/01/2014
Authorization for LCPCs
 Adds LCPC as authorized to order restraints. The law already includes LCSW.
Public Act 98-0137
 Sec. 2-108  08/02/2013
Threatening A Public Official
 Adds "human service providor" to the list of individuals included in the offense of "threatening a public official".
Public Act 98-0529
 Sec. 12-9  01/01/2014
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 99-0411

 Student Optional Disclosure of Private Mental Health
 Provides that all institutions of higher learning shall supply the student with the opportunity to pre-authorize in writing the disclosure of certain private mental health information to a designated person
 Public Act 99-0278
 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 99-0703

Illinois Licensure Law

Short Description
Legislation Link
PDF of Section
Effective Date
Licensure Law
 Covers anyone licensed regardless of work setting. Requires confidentiality. Also requires compliance with Mental Health and Development Disabilities Confidentiality Act.
 Licensure Law-Privleged communication  (225 ILCS 107/75)  07/01/2012
 School Service personnel
 Illinois Certification Process
  (105 ILCS 5/21-25) 

Federal Laws

 TopicShort Description
Legislation Link
PDF of Section
Effective Date
Student Loan Forgiveness
Public Service Workers
Loan Forgiveness  
Student Loan Forgiveness
TeachersLoan Forgiveness

Loan Forgiveness - FAQs
 ESSCP(Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program) Funding for the development of school counseling programs.

Links To Advice

 TopicsShort Description
Advice Link


 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.


Duty to warn?


 Licensure Renewal Requirements


 ISBE still urges administration to continue professional development


 Renewal Requirements


 School Counselor Interns


 Proposed Amendments to Part 25 (Educator Licensure)


Proposed Rule Changes

 Clear and Present Danger

  Mandated reporting for students who are a clear and present danger to themselves or others.

Reporting Form

Relevant Sections of Legislation

FAQ: IL State Police

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

IHSA - Waiver & Policy 

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