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SCHOOLS105 ILCS 5/27-20.5
(105 ILCS 5/) School Code.
(105 ILCS 5/27-20.5)
(from Ch. 122, par. 27-20.5)
Study of the History of Women.
Every public elementary
school and high school shall include in its curriculum a unit of
instruction studying the events of the history of women in America. These
events shall include not only the contributions made by individual women in
government, the arts, sciences, education, and in the economic, cultural,
and political development of Illinois and of the United States, but shall
also include a study of women's struggles to gain the right to vote and to
be treated equally as they strive to earn and occupy positions of merit in
The State Superintendent of Education may prepare and make available to
all school boards instructional materials that may be used as guidelines
for development of a unit of instruction under this Section. Each school
board shall determine the minimum amount of instructional time that shall
qualify as a unit of instruction satisfying the requirements of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 86-1256.)
105 ILCS 5/27-20.6
(105 ILCS 5/27-20.6)
"Irish Famine" study.
Every public elementary school and high school may include in its
curriculum a unit of instruction studying the causes and effects of mass
starvation in mid-19th century Ireland. This period in world history is known
as the "Irish Famine", in which millions of Irish died or emigrated. The study
of this material is a reaffirmation of the commitment of free people of all
nations to eradicate the causes of famine that exist in the modern world.
The State Superintendent of Education may prepare and make available to all
school boards instructional materials that may be used as guidelines for
development of a unit of instruction under this Section; provided, however,
school board shall itself determine the minimum amount of instruction time
that shall qualify as a unit of instruction satisfying the requirements of
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)
105 ILCS 5/27-20.7
(105 ILCS 5/27-20.7)
Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, public elementary schools shall offer at least one unit of instruction in cursive writing. School districts shall, by policy, determine at what grade level or levels students are to be offered cursive writing, provided that such instruction must be offered before students complete grade 5.
(Source: P.A. 100-548, eff. 7-1-18
105 ILCS 5/27-21
(105 ILCS 5/27-21)
(from Ch. 122, par. 27-21)
History of United States.
History of the United States shall be taught in all public schools and
in all other educational institutions in this State supported or
maintained, in whole or in part, by public funds. The teaching of history
shall have as one of its objectives the imparting to pupils of a
comprehensive idea of our democratic form of government and the principles
for which our government stands as regards other nations, including the
studying of the place of our government in world-wide movements and the
leaders thereof, with particular stress upon the basic principles and
ideals of our representative form of government. The teaching of history
shall include a study of the role and contributions of African Americans and
other ethnic groups, including, but not restricted to, Polish, Lithuanian, German,
Hungarian, Irish, Bohemian, Russian, Albanian, Italian, Czech, Slovak,
French, Scots, Hispanics, Asian Americans, etc., in the history of this
country and this
State. To reinforce the study of the role and contributions of Hispanics, such curriculum shall include the study of the events related to the forceful removal and illegal deportation of Mexican-American U.S. citizens during the Great Depression. In public schools only, the teaching of history shall include a study of the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State. The teaching of history also shall include a study of the
role of labor unions and their interaction with government in achieving the
goals of a mixed free enterprise system. Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, the teaching of history must also include instruction on the history of Illinois. No pupils shall be graduated
from the eighth grade of any
public school unless he or she has received such instruction in the history of the
United States and gives evidence of having a comprehensive knowledge
thereof, which may be administered remotely.
(Source: P.A. 101-227, eff. 7-1-20; 101-341, eff. 1-1-20; 101-643, eff. 6-18-20.)
105 ILCS 5/27-22
(105 ILCS 5/27-22)
(from Ch. 122, par. 27-22)
Required high school courses.
(e) As a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma, each pupil
entering the 9th grade must, in addition to other course requirements, successfully
complete all of the following courses:
(1) Four years of language arts.
(2) Two years of writing intensive courses, one of
which must be English and the other of which may be English or any other subject. When applicable, writing-intensive courses may be counted towards the fulfillment of other graduation requirements.
(3) Three years of mathematics, one of which must be
Algebra I, one of which must include geometry content, and one of which may be an Advanced Placement computer science course. A mathematics course that includes geometry content may be offered as an integrated, applied, interdisciplinary, or career and technical education course that prepares a student for a career readiness path.
(4) Two years of science.
(5) Two years of social studies, of which at least
one year must be history of the United States or a combination of history of the United States and American government and, beginning with pupils entering the 9th grade in the 2016-2017 school year and each school year thereafter, at least one semester must be civics, which shall help young people acquire and learn to use the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that will prepare them to be competent and responsible citizens throughout their lives. Civics course content shall focus on government institutions, the discussion of current and controversial issues, service learning, and simulations of the democratic process. School districts may utilize private funding available for the purposes of offering civics education.
(6) One year chosen from (A) music, (B) art, (C)
foreign language, which shall be deemed to include American Sign Language, or (D) vocational education.
(f) The State Board of Education shall develop and inform school districts of standards for writing-intensive coursework.
(f-5) If a school district offers an Advanced Placement computer science course to high school students, then the school board must designate that course as equivalent to a high school mathematics course and must denote on the student's transcript that the Advanced Placement computer science course qualifies as a mathematics-based, quantitative course for students in accordance with subdivision (3) of subsection (e) of this Section.
(g) This amendatory Act of 1983 does not apply to pupils entering the 9th grade
in 1983-1984 school year and prior school years or to students
with disabilities whose course of study is determined by an individualized
This amendatory Act of the 94th General Assembly does not apply
to pupils entering the 9th grade in the 2004-2005 school year or a prior
school year or to students with disabilities whose course of study is
determined by an individualized education program.
(h) The provisions of this Section are subject to the provisions of
27-22.05 of this Code and the Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act.
(i) The State Board of Education may adopt rules to modify the requirements of this Section for any students enrolled in grades 9 through 12 if the Governor has declared a disaster due to a public health emergency pursuant to Section 7 of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act.
(Source: P.A. 100-443, eff. 8-25-17; 101-464, eff. 1-1-20; 101-643, eff. 6-18-20.)
105 ILCS 5/27-22.1
(105 ILCS 5/27-22.1)
(from Ch. 122, par. 27-22.1)
Summer school - required instructional time.
course offered for high school graduation credit during summer school or
any period of the calendar year not embraced within the regular school
year, whether or not such course must be successfully completed as a
prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma and whether or not such
course if successfully completed would be included in the minimum units of
credit required by regulation of the State Board
of Education for high school graduation, shall provide no fewer than 60 hours of
classroom instruction for the equivalent of one semester of high school
(Source: P.A. 85-839.)
105 ILCS 5/27-22.2
(105 ILCS 5/27-22.2)
(from Ch. 122, par. 27-22.2)
Vocational education elective.
Whenever the school board
of any school district which maintains grades 9 through 12 establishes a
list of courses from which secondary school students each must elect at
least one course, to be completed along with other course requirements as a
pre-requisite to receiving a high school diploma, that school board must
include on the list of such elective courses at least one course in
(Source: P.A. 84-1334; 84-1438.)
105 ILCS 5/27-22.3
(105 ILCS 5/27-22.3)
(from Ch. 122, par. 27-22.3)
Volunteer service credit program.
(a) A school district may establish a volunteer service credit program
that enables secondary school students to earn credit towards graduation
through performance of community service. This community service may include
participation in the organization of a high school or community blood drive or
other blood donor
recruitment campaign. Any program so established shall
begin with students entering grade 9 in the 1993-1994 school year or
later. The amount of credit given for program participation shall not
exceed that given for completion of one semester of language arts, math,
science or social studies.
(b) Any community service performed as part of a course for which credit
is given towards graduation shall not qualify under a volunteer service
credit program. Any service for which a student is paid shall not qualify
under a volunteer service credit program. Any community work assigned as a
disciplinary measure shall not qualify under a volunteer service credit
(c) School districts that establish volunteer service credit programs
shall establish any necessary rules, regulations and procedures.
(Source: P.A. 93-547, eff. 8-19-03.)
105 ILCS 5/27-22.05
(105 ILCS 5/27-22.05)
Required course substitute.
Notwithstanding any other
provision of this Article or this Code, a school board that maintains any of
grades 9 through 12 is authorized to adopt a policy under which
a student who is enrolled in any of those grades
may satisfy one or more high school course or graduation requirements,
including, but not limited to, any requirements under Sections 27-6 and 27-22, by successfully completing a registered apprenticeship program under rules adopted by the State Board of Education under Section 2-3.175 of this Code, or by
substituting for and successfully completing in place of the high school course
or graduation requirement a related vocational or technical education course.
A vocational or technical education course shall not qualify as a related
vocational or technical education course within the meaning of this Section
unless it contains at least 50% of the content of the required course or
graduation requirement for which it is substituted, as determined by the State
Board of Education in accordance with standards that it shall adopt and
uniformly apply for purposes of this Section. No vocational or technical
education course may be substituted for a required course or graduation
requirement under any policy adopted by a school board as authorized in this
Section unless the pupil's parent or guardian first
requests the substitution and approves it in writing on forms that the school
district makes available for purposes of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 100-992, eff. 8-20-18; 101-81, eff. 7-12-19.)
105 ILCS 5/27-22.10
(105 ILCS 5/27-22.10)
Course credit for high school diploma.
(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Code, the school board of a school district that maintains any of grades 9 through 12 is authorized to adopt a policy under which a student enrolled in grade 7 or 8 who is enrolled in the unit school district or would be enrolled in the high school district upon completion of elementary school, whichever is applicable, may enroll in a course required under Section 27-22 of this Code, provided that the course is offered by the high school that the student would attend, and (i) the student participates in the course at the location of the high school, and the elementary student's enrollment in the course would not prevent a high school student from being able to enroll, or (ii) the student participates in the course where the student attends school as long as the course is taught by a teacher who holds a professional educator license issued under Article 21B of this Code and endorsed for the grade level and content area of the course.
(b) A school board that adopts a policy pursuant to subsection (a) of this Section must grant academic credit to an elementary school student who successfully completes the high school course, and that credit shall satisfy the requirements of Section 27-22 of this Code for that course.
(c) A school board must award high school course credit to a student transferring to its school district for any course that the student successfully completed pursuant to subsection (a) of this Section, unless evidence about the course's rigor and content shows that it does not address the relevant Illinois Learning Standard at the level appropriate for the high school grade during which the course is usually taken, and that credit shall satisfy the requirements of Section 27-22 of this Code for that course.
(d) A student's grade in any course successfully completed under this Section must be included in his or her grade point average in accordance with the school board's policy for making that calculation.
(Source: P.A. 99-189, eff. 7-30-15.)
105 ILCS 5/27-23
(105 ILCS 5/27-23)
(Source: P.A. 95-793, eff. 1-1-09. Repealed by P.A. 96-734, eff. 8-25-09.)
105 ILCS 5/27-23.1
(105 ILCS 5/27-23.1)
(from Ch. 122, par. 27-23.1)
(a) The State Board of Education must assist each school district that offers an evidence-based parenting education model. School districts may provide
instruction in parenting education for grades 6 through 12 and include such
instruction in the courses of study regularly taught therein.
School districts may give regular school credit for satisfactory completion
by the student of such courses.
As used in this subsection (a), "parenting education" means and includes
instruction in the following:
(1) Child growth and development, including prenatal
(2) Childbirth and child care.
(3) Family structure, function and management.
(4) Prenatal and postnatal care for mothers and
(5) Prevention of child abuse.
(6) The physical, mental, emotional, social, economic
and psychological aspects of interpersonal and family relationships.
(7) Parenting skill development.
The State Board of Education shall assist those districts offering
parenting education instruction, upon request, in developing instructional
materials, training teachers, and establishing appropriate time allotments
for each of the areas included in such instruction.
School districts may offer parenting education courses during that period
of the day which is not part of the regular school day. Residents of
the school district may enroll in such courses. The school board may
establish fees and collect such charges as may be necessary for attendance
at such courses in an amount not to exceed the per capita cost of the
operation thereof, except that the board may waive all or part of such
charges if it determines that the individual is indigent or that the
educational needs of the individual requires his or her attendance at such courses.
(b) Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, from appropriations made for the purposes of this Section, the State Board of Education shall implement and administer a 3-year pilot program supporting the health and wellness student-learning requirement by utilizing a unit of instruction on parenting education in participating school districts that maintain grades 9 through 12, to be determined by the participating school districts. The program is encouraged to include, but is not be limited to, instruction on (i) family structure, function, and management, (ii) the prevention of child abuse, (iii) the physical, mental, emotional, social, economic, and psychological aspects of interpersonal and family relationships, and (iv) parenting education competency development that is aligned to the social and emotional learning standards of the student's grade level. Instruction under this subsection (b) may be included in the Comprehensive Health Education Program set forth under Section 3 of the Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive Health Education Act. The State Board of Education is authorized to make grants to school districts that apply to participate in the pilot program under this subsection (b). The State Board of Education shall by rule provide for the form of the application and criteria to be used and applied in selecting participating urban, suburban, and rural school districts. The provisions of this subsection (b), other than this sentence, are inoperative at the conclusion of the pilot program.
(Source: P.A. 100-1043, eff. 8-23-18.)
105 ILCS 5/27-23.2
(105 ILCS 5/27-23.2)
(Source: P.A. 86-650. Repealed by P.A. 95-793, eff. 1-1-09.)
105 ILCS 5/27-23.3
(105 ILCS 5/27-23.3)
(from Ch. 122, par. 27-23.3)
Education in steroid abuse prevention.
shall provide instruction in relation to the prevention of abuse of
anabolic steroids in grades 7 through 12 and shall include such instruction
in science, health, drug abuse, physical education or other appropriate
courses of study. School districts shall also provide this instruction to students who participate in interscholastic athletic programs. The instruction shall emphasize that the use of
anabolic steroids presents a serious health hazard to persons who use
steroids to enhance athletic performance or physical development. The
State Board of Education may assist in the development of instructional
materials and teacher training in relation to steroid abuse prevention.
(Source: P.A. 94-14, eff. 1-1-06.)
105 ILCS 5/27-23.4
(105 ILCS 5/27-23.4)
Violence prevention and conflict resolution education.
School districts shall provide instruction in violence prevention and conflict
resolution education for grades kindergarten through 12 and may include such instruction
the courses of study regularly taught therein. School districts may give
regular school credit for satisfactory completion by the student of such
As used in this Section, "violence prevention and conflict resolution
education" means and includes instruction in the following:
(1) The consequences of violent behavior.
(2) The causes of violent reactions to conflict.
(3) Nonviolent conflict resolution techniques.
(4) The relationship between drugs, alcohol and
The State Board of Education shall prepare and make available to all school
boards instructional materials that may be used as guidelines for development
of a violence
prevention program under this Section, provided that each school board
shall determine the appropriate curriculum for satisfying the requirements of
this Section. The State
Board of Education shall assist in training teachers to provide effective
instruction in the violence prevention curriculum.
The State Board of Education and local school boards shall not be required
to implement the provisions of this Section unless grants of funds are made
available and are received after July 1, 1993 from private sources or from the
federal government in amounts sufficient to enable the State Board and local
school boards to meet the requirements of this Section. Any funds received
by the State or a local educational agency pursuant to the federal Safe and
Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1994 shall first be applied or
appropriated to meet the requirements and implement the provisions of this
(Source: P.A. 97-87, eff. 7-8-11.)
105 ILCS 5/27-23.5
(105 ILCS 5/27-23.5)
Organ/tissue and blood donor and transplantation programs.
school district that maintains grades 9 and 10 may include in its curriculum
and teach to the students of either such grade one unit of instruction on
organ/tissue and blood donor and transplantation programs. No student
shall be required
take or participate in instruction on
organ/tissue and blood donor and transplantation programs if a parent or
written objection thereto on constitutional grounds, and refusal to take or
participate in such instruction on those grounds shall not be reason for
suspension or expulsion of a student or result in any academic penalty.
The regional superintendent of schools in which a school district that
maintains grades 9 and 10 is located shall obtain and distribute to each
school that maintains grades 9 and 10 in his or her district
information and data, including
instructional materials provided at no cost by America's Blood Centers, the
Red Cross, and Gift of Hope,
that may be used by the
school in developing a unit of instruction under this Section.
school board shall determine the minimum amount of instructional time that
shall qualify as a unit of instruction satisfying the requirements of this
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)
105 ILCS 5/27-23.6
(105 ILCS 5/27-23.6)
(a) The General Assembly finds that there is a significant increase in
the schools and that much of that violence is the result of intergroup
General Assembly further finds that anti-bias education and intergroup conflict
are effective methods for preventing violence and lessening tensions in the
schools and that these methods are most effective when they are respectful of
individuals and their divergent viewpoints and religious beliefs, which
are protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
(b) Beginning with the 2002-2003 school year, public elementary and
schools may incorporate activities to address intergroup conflict, with the
improving intergroup relations on and beyond the school campus, defusing
tensions, and promoting peaceful resolution of conflict.
The activities must be respectful of individuals and their divergent
religious beliefs, which are protected by the First Amendment
to the Constitution of the United States.
Such activities may
include, but not be limited to,
instruction and teacher training programs.
(c) A school board that adopts a policy to incorporate activities to address
intergroup conflict as authorized under subsection (b) of this Section shall
make information available to the public
that describes the manner in which the board has implemented the
authority granted to it in this Section. The means for disseminating this
information (i) shall include posting the information on the school
district's Internet web site, if any, and making the information available,
upon request, in district offices, and (ii) may include without limitation
incorporating the information in a student handbook and including the
information in a district newsletter.
(Source: P.A. 92-763, eff. 8-6-02.)
105 ILCS 5/27-23.7
(105 ILCS 5/27-23.7)
(a) The General Assembly finds that a safe and civil school environment is necessary for students to learn and achieve and that bullying causes physical, psychological, and emotional harm to students and interferes with students' ability to learn and participate in school activities. The General Assembly further finds that bullying has been linked to other forms of antisocial behavior, such as vandalism, shoplifting, skipping and dropping out of school, fighting, using drugs and alcohol, sexual harassment, and sexual violence. Because of the negative outcomes associated with bullying in schools, the General Assembly finds that school districts, charter schools, and non-public, non-sectarian elementary and secondary schools should educate students, parents, and school district, charter school, or non-public, non-sectarian elementary or secondary school personnel about what behaviors constitute prohibited bullying.
Bullying on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, military status, sexual orientation, gender-related identity or expression, unfavorable discharge from military service, association with a person or group with one or more of the aforementioned actual or perceived characteristics, or any other distinguishing characteristic is prohibited in all school districts, charter schools, and non-public, non-sectarian elementary and secondary schools.
No student shall be subjected to bullying:
(1) during any school-sponsored education program or
(2) while in school, on school property, on school
buses or other school vehicles, at designated school bus stops waiting for the school bus, or at school-sponsored or school-sanctioned events or activities;
(3) through the transmission of information from a
school computer, a school computer network, or other similar electronic school equipment; or
(4) through the transmission of information from a
computer that is accessed at a nonschool-related location, activity, function, or program or from the use of technology or an electronic device that is not owned, leased, or used by a school district or school if the bullying causes a substantial disruption to the educational process or orderly operation of a school. This item (4) applies only in cases in which a school administrator or teacher receives a report that bullying through this means has occurred and does not require a district or school to staff or monitor any nonschool-related activity, function, or program.
(a-5) Nothing in this Section is intended to infringe upon any right to exercise free expression or the free exercise of religion or religiously based views protected under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution or under Section 3 of Article I of the Illinois Constitution.
(b) In this Section:
"Bullying" includes "cyber-bullying" and means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically, directed toward a student or students that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:
(1) placing the student or students in reasonable
fear of harm to the student's or students' person or property;
(2) causing a substantially detrimental effect on the
student's or students' physical or mental health;
(3) substantially interfering with the student's or
students' academic performance; or
(4) substantially interfering with the student's or
students' ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.
Bullying, as defined in this subsection (b), may take various forms, including without limitation one or more of the following: harassment, threats, intimidation, stalking, physical violence, sexual harassment, sexual violence, theft, public humiliation, destruction of property, or retaliation for asserting or alleging an act of bullying. This list is meant to be illustrative and non-exhaustive.
"Cyber-bullying" means bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication, including without limitation any transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data, or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic system, photoelectronic system, or photooptical system, including without limitation electronic mail, Internet communications, instant messages, or facsimile communications. "Cyber-bullying" includes the creation of a webpage or weblog in which the creator assumes the identity of another person or the knowing impersonation of another person as the author of posted content or messages if the creation or impersonation creates any of the effects enumerated in the definition of bullying in this Section. "Cyber-bullying" also includes the distribution by electronic means of a communication to more than one person or the posting of material on an electronic medium that may be accessed by one or more persons if the distribution or posting creates any of the effects enumerated in the definition of bullying in this Section.
"Policy on bullying" means a bullying prevention policy that meets the following criteria:
(1) Includes the bullying definition provided in this
(2) Includes a statement that bullying is contrary to
State law and the policy of the school district, charter school, or non-public, non-sectarian elementary or secondary school and is consistent with subsection (a-5) of this Section.
(3) Includes procedures for promptly reporting
bullying, including, but not limited to, identifying and providing the school e-mail address (if applicable) and school telephone number for the staff person or persons responsible for receiving such reports and a procedure for anonymous reporting; however, this shall not be construed to permit formal disciplinary action solely on the basis of an anonymous report.
(4) Consistent with federal and State laws and rules
governing student privacy rights, includes procedures for promptly informing parents or guardians of all students involved in the alleged incident of bullying and discussing, as appropriate, the availability of social work services, counseling, school psychological services, other interventions, and restorative measures.
(5) Contains procedures for promptly investigating
and addressing reports of bullying, including the following:
(A) Making all reasonable efforts to complete the
investigation within 10 school days after the date the report of the incident of bullying was received and taking into consideration additional relevant information received during the course of the investigation about the reported incident of bullying.
(B) Involving appropriate school support
personnel and other staff persons with knowledge, experience, and training on bullying prevention, as deemed appropriate, in the investigation process.
(C) Notifying the principal or school
administrator or his or her designee of the report of the incident of bullying as soon as possible after the report is received.
(D) Consistent with federal and State laws and
rules governing student privacy rights, providing parents and guardians of the students who are parties to the investigation information about the investigation and an opportunity to meet with the principal or school administrator or his or her designee to discuss the investigation, the findings of the investigation, and the actions taken to address the reported incident of bullying.
(6) Includes the interventions that can be taken to
address bullying, which may include, but are not limited to, school social work services, restorative measures, social-emotional skill building, counseling, school psychological services, and community-based services.
(7) Includes a statement prohibiting reprisal or
retaliation against any person who reports an act of bullying and the consequences and appropriate remedial actions for a person who engages in reprisal or retaliation.
(8) Includes consequences and appropriate remedial
actions for a person found to have falsely accused another of bullying as a means of retaliation or as a means of bullying.
(9) Is based on the engagement of a range of school
stakeholders, including students and parents or guardians.
(10) Is posted on the school district's, charter
school's, or non-public, non-sectarian elementary or secondary school's existing Internet website, is included in the student handbook, and, where applicable, posted where other policies, rules, and standards of conduct are currently posted in the school and provided periodically throughout the school year to students and faculty, and is distributed annually to parents, guardians, students, and school personnel, including new employees when hired.
(11) As part of the process of reviewing and
re-evaluating the policy under subsection (d) of this Section, contains a policy evaluation process to assess the outcomes and effectiveness of the policy that includes, but is not limited to, factors such as the frequency of victimization; student, staff, and family observations of safety at a school; identification of areas of a school where bullying occurs; the types of bullying utilized; and bystander intervention or participation. The school district, charter school, or non-public, non-sectarian elementary or secondary school may use relevant data and information it already collects for other purposes in the policy evaluation. The information developed as a result of the policy evaluation must be made available on the Internet website of the school district, charter school, or non-public, non-sectarian elementary or secondary school. If an Internet website is not available, the information must be provided to school administrators, school board members, school personnel, parents, guardians, and students.
(12) Is consistent with the policies of the school
board, charter school, or non-public, non-sectarian elementary or secondary school.
"Restorative measures" means a continuum of school-based alternatives to exclusionary discipline, such as suspensions and expulsions, that: (i) are adapted to the particular needs of the school and community, (ii) contribute to maintaining school safety, (iii) protect the integrity of a positive and productive learning climate, (iv) teach students the personal and interpersonal skills they will need to be successful in school and society, (v) serve to build and restore relationships among students, families, schools, and communities, and (vi) reduce the likelihood of future disruption by balancing accountability with an understanding of students' behavioral health needs in order to keep students in school.
"School personnel" means persons employed by, on contract with, or who volunteer in a school district, charter school, or non-public, non-sectarian elementary or secondary school, including without limitation school and school district administrators, teachers, school guidance counselors, school social workers, school counselors, school psychologists, school nurses, cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, school resource officers, and security guards.
(d) Each school district, charter school, and non-public, non-sectarian elementary or secondary school shall create, maintain, and implement a policy on bullying, which policy must be filed with the State Board of Education. The policy or implementing procedure shall include a process to investigate whether a reported act of bullying is within the permissible scope of the district's or school's jurisdiction and shall require that the district or school provide the victim with information regarding services that are available within the district and community, such as counseling, support services, and other programs. School personnel available for help with a bully or to make a report about bullying shall be made known to parents or legal guardians, students, and school personnel. Every 2 years, each school district, charter school, and non-public, non-sectarian elementary or secondary school shall conduct a review and re-evaluation of its policy and make any necessary and appropriate revisions. The policy must be filed with the State Board of Education after being updated. The State Board of Education shall monitor and provide technical support for the implementation of policies created under this subsection (d).
(e) This Section shall not be interpreted to prevent a victim from seeking redress under any other available civil or criminal law.
(Source: P.A. 99-78, eff. 7-20-15; 100-137, eff. 8-18-17.)
105 ILCS 5/27-23.8
(105 ILCS 5/27-23.8)
Disability history and awareness.
(a) A school district shall provide instruction on disability history, people with disabilities, and the disability rights movement. Instruction may be included in those courses that the school district chooses. This instruction must be founded on the principle that all students, including students with disabilities, have the right to exercise self-determination. When possible, individuals with disabilities should be incorporated into the development and delivery of this instruction. This instruction may be supplemented by knowledgeable guest speakers from the disability community. A school board may collaborate with community-based organizations, such as centers for independent living, parent training and information centers, and other consumer-driven groups, and disability membership organizations in creating this instruction.
(b) The State Board of Education may prepare and make available to all school boards resource materials that may be used as guidelines for the development of instruction for disability history and awareness under this Section.
(c) Each school board shall determine the minimum amount of instructional time required under this Section.
(d) The regional superintendent of schools shall monitor a school district's compliance with this Section's curricular requirement during his or her annual compliance visit.
(Source: P.A. 96-191, eff. 1-1-10.)
105 ILCS 5/27-23.9
(105 ILCS 5/27-23.9)
(Source: P.A. 96-952, eff. 6-28-10. Repealed internally, eff. 3-2-11.)