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(105 ILCS 5/10-22.18d)
(from Ch. 122, par. 10-22.18d)
A school district may utilize up
to two days allowed by law for teachers' institutes to conduct parental
institutes for the parents and guardians of children attending the
district. No district may utilize teachers' institute days as parental
institute days without the consent of the district's inservice advisory
committee created under Section 3-11. If a district does not have an
inservice advisory committee, parental institute days must be approved by
the district's teaching staff.
Parental institutes shall be designed by the school district upon
consultation with the district's teaching staff, administrators, and
parents' organizations. The district may provide appropriate personnel,
including district staff, to conduct, attend, or participate in all or any
portion of the institutes.
Parental institutes shall provide information on such topics as the
district shall deem necessary to achieve the following purposes:
(1) Enhance parental involvement in the education of
(2) Improve parental communication and involvement
(3) Enhance parental knowledge of child development,
district programs, school conditions, and societal problems threatening students; and
(4) Improve parental skill development.
Districts shall use every means available to inform parents and
guardians about parental institutes and to encourage attendance at and
active participation in such events.
Parental institutes may be held during that period of the day which is
not part of the regular school day and may be held on Saturdays. Days
scheduled for parental institutes may be scheduled separately for different
grade levels and different attendance centers of the district.
Districts may establish reasonable fees, not to exceed the cost of
holding parental institutes, for attendance and shall waive any fees so
established for any parents or guardians who may be unable to afford such
fees. Nothing shall preclude districts from applying for or accepting
private funds to conduct parental institutes.
(Source: P.A. 86-1250.)