F) Core guidance counselor investments. Each 16 Organizational Unit shall receive the funding needed to 17 cover one FTE guidance counselor for each 450 combined ASE
18 of pre-kindergarten children with disabilities and all
19 kindergarten through grade 5 students, plus one FTE
20 guidance counselor for each 250 grades 6 through 8 ASE 21 middle school students, plus one FTE guidance counselor for
22 each 250 grades 9 through 12 ASE high school students.PDF
School Counselor Confidentiality
Protects privileged or confidential communication with a school counselor and prohibits adverse employment action for keeping confidentiality.
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.
Requires licensed school personnel and administrators who work with grades K-12 to be trained, once every two years, to identify the warning signs of mental illness and suicidal behavior in youth and be taught appropriate intervention and referral techniques
Amends the School Safety Drill Act. Provides that parents or guardians must receive prior notice of a law enforcement drill not less than 5 days prior to the drill. Provides that a law enforcement drill (i) must not include simulations that mimic an actual school shooting incident or active shooter event, (ii) must be announced in advance to all school personnel and students prior to the commencement of the drill, (iii) must include content that is age appropriate and developmentally appropriate
Amends the Department of Human Services Act. Provides that subject to appropriation, the Department of Human Services shall permanently establish the Call4Calm text line to support Illinois residents' mental health needs. Provides that an Illinois resident shall be able to utilize the Call4Calm text line if the resident or someone the resident knows is struggling with stress and needs emotional support. Provides that the service shall be free of charge and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Beginning no later than July 1, 2023, requires a school district, including a charter school, to provide comprehensive personal health and safety education in kindergarten through the 5th grade and comprehensive sexual health education in the 6th through 12th grades in all public schools. Sets forth the criteria that all classes that teach comprehensive personal health and safety and comprehensive sexual health education must satisfy. Contains, among other provisions, provisions concerning guest lecturers or resource persons, participation, the review of instructional materials, learning standards, resource materials, and reporting. Requires a school district, including a charter school, to provide age and developmentally appropriate consent education in the 3rd through 12th gradesPublic Act 102-0522
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Requires school districts to provide contact information for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and for the Crisis Text Line on the back of each student identification card issued by the school district.
Eliminate requirement of SAT / ACT for
Creates the Higher Education Fair Admissions Act. Public institution of higher education may not require applicants who are residents of Illinois to submit standardized college admissions test scores to the institution as a part of the admissions process. Provides that the submission of standardized test scores to the institution shall be at the option of the applicant.
Amends the Children's Mental Health Act of 2003. Provides that the Children's Mental Health Plan shall include recommendations for ensuring all Illinois youth receive mental health education and have access to mental health care in the school setting. Provides that in developing these recommendations, the Children's Mental Health Partnership shall consult with the State Board of Education, education practitioners, health care professionals, disability advocates, and other representatives as needed.
Provides that absence for cause by illness shall include the mental or behavioral health of a student for up to 5 days for which the child need not provide a medical note, in which case the child shall be given the opportunity to make up any school work missed during the mental or behavioral health absence.
Provides that the Department of Human Services shall create and maintain an online database and resource page on its website with mental health resources related to crisis services, wellness, sexual health, survivor support, gender-based violence, nutrition, stress reduction, anxiety, depression, violence prevention, suicide prevention, and substance use and encouraging information sharing
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.
Suspends the requirement for state assessments 105 ILCS 5/1-1, Constitution exam, PE, Foreign Language requirement, certain courses needed to receive a high school diploma Illinois School Code, 105 ILCS 5/27-22(e)
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.
Provides that a counselor may not intentionally solicit or accept any gift from any prohibited source or solicit or accept a gift that would be in violation of any federal or State statute or rule, with exceptions; defines terms. Provides that a counselor is not in violation of the prohibition if he or she promptly takes reasonable action to return the gift to the prohibited source or donates the gift or an amount equal to its value to an appropriate charity that is exempt from income taxation under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Provides that a counselor or prohibited source who intentionally violates the prohibition is guilty of a business offense and is subject to a fine of at least $1,001 and up to $5,000.
Amends the School Code. Provides that beginning July 1, 2018, every school district, charter school, or alternative school or any school receiving public funds shall collect and review its chronic absence data and determine what systems of support and resources are needed to engage chronically absent students and their families to encourage the habit of daily attendance and promote success.