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Full Text of HB5288  98th General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning education.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
510-22.24b as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/10-22.24b)
7    Sec. 10-22.24b. School counseling services. School
8counseling services in public schools may be provided by school
9counselors as defined in Section 10-22.24a of this Code or by
10individuals who hold a Professional Educator License with a
11school support personnel endorsement in the area of school
12counseling under Section 21B-25 of this Code.
13    School counseling services may include, but are not limited
15        (1) designing and delivering a comprehensive school
16    counseling program that promotes student achievement and
17    wellness;
18        (2) incorporating the common core language into the
19    school counselor's work and role;
20        (3) school counselors working as culturally skilled
21    professionals who act sensitively to promote social
22    justice and equity in a pluralistic society;
23        (4) providing individual and group counseling;



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1        (5) providing a core counseling curriculum that serves
2    all students and addresses the knowledge and skills
3    appropriate to their developmental level through a
4    collaborative model of delivery involving the school
5    counselor, classroom teachers, and other appropriate
6    education professionals, and including prevention and
7    pre-referral activities;
8        (6) making referrals when necessary to appropriate
9    offices or outside agencies;
10        (7) providing college and career development
11    activities and counseling;
12        (8) developing individual career plans with students;
13        (9) assisting all students with a college or
14    post-secondary education plan;
15        (10) intentionally addressing the career and college
16    needs of first generation students;
17        (11) educating all students on scholarships, financial
18    aid, and preparation of the Federal Application for Federal
19    Student Aid;
20        (12) collaborating with institutions of higher
21    education and local community colleges so that students
22    understand post-secondary education options and are ready
23    to transition successfully;
24        (13) providing crisis intervention and contributing to
25    the development of a specific crisis plan within the school
26    setting in collaboration with multiple stakeholders;



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1        (14) educating students, teachers, and parents on
2    anxiety, depression, cutting, and suicide issues and
3    intervening with students who present with these issues;
4        (15) providing counseling and other resources to
5    students who are in crisis;
6        (16) providing resources for those students who do not
7    have access to mental health services;
8        (17) addressing bullying and conflict resolution with
9    all students;
10        (18) teaching communication skills and helping
11    students develop positive relationships;
12        (19) using culturally-sensitive skills in working with
13    all students to promote wellness;
14        (20) addressing the needs of undocumented students in
15    the school, as well as students who are legally in the
16    United States, but whose parents are undocumented;
17        (21) contributing to a student's functional behavioral
18    assessment, as well as assisting in the development of
19    non-aversive behavioral intervention strategies;
20        (22) actively supporting students in need of special
21    education services by facilitating, participating in, or
22    contributing to a student's individualized education plan
23    (IEP) and completing a social-developmental history;
24        (23) assisting in the development of a personal
25    educational plan with each student;
26        (24) educating students on dual credit and learning



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1    opportunities on the Internet;
2        (25) providing information for all students in the
3    selection of courses that will lead to post-secondary
4    education opportunities toward a successful career;
5        (26) interpreting achievement test results and guiding
6    students in appropriate directions;
7        (27) counseling with students, families, and teachers
8    in accordance with the rules and regulations governing the
9    provision of related services;
10        (28) providing families with opportunities for
11    education and counseling as appropriate in relation to the
12    student's educational assessment;
13        (29) consulting and collaborating with teachers and
14    other school personnel regarding behavior management and
15    intervention plans and inclusion in support of students;
16        (30) teaming and partnering with staff, parents,
17    businesses, and community organizations to support student
18    achievement and social-emotional learning standards for
19    all students;
20        (31) developing and implementing school-based
21    prevention programs, including, but not limited to,
22    mediation and violence prevention, implementing social and
23    emotional education programs and services, and
24    establishing and implementing bullying prevention and
25    intervention programs;
26        (32) developing culturally-sensitive assessment



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1    instruments for measuring school counseling prevention and
2    intervention effectiveness and collecting, analyzing, and
3    interpreting data;
4        (33) participating on school and district committees
5    to advocate for student programs and resources, as well as
6    establishing a school counseling advisory council that
7    includes representatives of key stakeholders selected to
8    review and advise on the implementation of the school
9    counseling program;
10        (34) acting as a liaison between the public schools and
11    community resources and building relationships with
12    important stakeholders, such as families, administrators,
13    teachers, and board members;
14        (35) maintaining organized, clear, and useful records
15    in a confidential manner consistent with Section 5 of the
16    Illinois School Student Records Act, the Family
17    Educational Rights and Privacy Act, and the Health
18    Insurance Portability and Accountability Act;
19        (36) presenting an annual agreement to the
20    administration, including a formal discussion of the
21    alignment of school and school counseling program missions
22    and goals and detailing specific school counselor
23    responsibilities;
24        (37) identifying and implementing culturally-sensitive
25    measures of success for student competencies in each of the
26    3 domains of academic, social and emotional, and college



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1    and career learning based on planned and periodic
2    assessment of the comprehensive developmental school
3    counseling program;
4        (38) collaborating as a team member in Response to
5    Intervention (RtI) and other school initiatives;
6        (39) conducting observations and participating in
7    recommendations or interventions regarding the placement
8    of children in educational programs or special education
9    classes;
10        (40) analyzing data and results of school counseling
11    program assessments, including curriculum, small-group,
12    and closing-the-gap results reports, and designing
13    strategies to continue to improve program effectiveness;
14        (41) analyzing data and results of school counselor
15    competency assessments;
16        (42) following American School Counselor Association
17    Ethical Standards for School Counselors to demonstrate
18    high standards of integrity, leadership, and
19    professionalism;
20        (43) knowing and embracing common core standards by
21    using common core language;
22        (44) practicing as a culturally-skilled school
23    counselor by infusing the multicultural competencies
24    within the role of the school counselor, including the
25    practice of culturally-sensitive attitudes and beliefs,
26    knowledge, and skills;



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1        (45) infusing the Social-Emotional Standards, as
2    presented in the State Board of Education standards, across
3    the curriculum and in the counselor's role in ways that
4    empower and enable students to achieve academic success
5    across all grade levels;
6        (46) providing services only in areas in which the
7    school counselor has appropriate training or expertise, as
8    well as only providing counseling or consulting services
9    within his or her employment to any student in the district
10    or districts which employ such school counselor, in
11    accordance with professional ethics;
12        (47) having adequate training in supervision knowledge
13    and skills in order to supervise school counseling interns
14    enrolled in graduate school counselor preparation programs
15    that meet the standards established by the State Board of
16    Education;
17        (48) being involved with State and national
18    professional associations;
19        (49) participating, at least once every 2 years, in an
20    in-service training program for school counselors
21    conducted by persons with expertise in domestic and sexual
22    violence and the needs of expectant and parenting youth,
23    which shall include training concerning (i) communicating
24    with and listening to youth victims of domestic or sexual
25    violence and expectant and parenting youth, (ii)
26    connecting youth victims of domestic or sexual violence and



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1    expectant and parenting youth to appropriate in-school
2    services and other agencies, programs, and services as
3    needed, and (iii) implementing the school district's
4    policies, procedures, and protocols with regard to such
5    youth, including confidentiality; at a minimum, school
6    personnel must be trained to understand, provide
7    information and referrals, and address issues pertaining
8    to youth who are parents, expectant parents, or victims of
9    domestic or sexual violence;
10        (50) participating, at least every 2 years, in an
11    in-service training program for school counselors
12    conducted by persons with expertise in anaphylactic
13    reactions and management;
14        (51) participating, at least once every 2 years, in an
15    in-service training on educator ethics, teacher-student
16    conduct, and school employee-student conduct for all
17    personnel;
18        (52) participating, in addition to other topics at
19    in-service training programs, in training to identify the
20    warning signs of mental illness and suicidal behavior in
21    adolescents and teenagers and learning appropriate
22    intervention and referral techniques;
23        (53) obtaining training to have a basic knowledge of
24    matters relating to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
25    (AIDS), including the nature of the disease, its causes and
26    effects, the means of detecting it and preventing its



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1    transmission, and the availability of appropriate sources
2    of counseling and referral and any other information that
3    may be appropriate considering the age and grade level of
4    the pupils; the school board shall supervise such training
5    and the State Board of Education and the Department of
6    Public Health shall jointly develop standards for such
7    training; and
8        (54) participating in mandates from the State Board of
9    Education for bullying education and social-emotional
10    literary.
11    School districts may employ a sufficient number of school
12counselors to maintain the national and State recommended
13student-counselor ratio of 250 to 1. School districts may have
14school counselors spend at least 80% of his or her work time in
15direct contact with students.
16    Nothing in this Section prohibits other qualified
17professionals, including other endorsed school support
18personnel, from providing the services listed in this Section.
19School counseling services in the public schools may be
20provided by school counselors as defined in Section 10-22.24a.
21School counseling services include but are not limited to: (1)
22educational planning; (2) career development and counseling;
23(3) college counseling; (4) developing and facilitating
24anti-violence education or conflict resolution programs, or
25both; (5) providing crisis intervention programs within the
26school setting; (6) making appropriate referrals to outside



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1agencies; (7) interpreting achievement, career, and vocational
2test information; (8) developing individual career plans for
3all students; (9) providing individual and small group
4counseling; (10) addressing the developmental needs of
5students by designing curricula for classroom counseling and
6guidance; (11) consulting and counseling with parents for the
7academic, career, and personal success of their children; (12)
8facilitating school to work transition programs; and (13)
9supervising school counseling interns enrolled in school
10counseling programs that meet the standards of the State Board
11of Education. Nothing in this Section prohibits other qualified
12professionals, including other certificated school personnel,
13from providing those services listed in this Section.
14(Source: P.A. 91-70, eff. 7-9-99.)
15    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
16becoming law.