As members of the school community, it is important for you to be aware of important legislation that applies to students and schools in the state of Illinois. Below is a quick description of some of these laws. If you want to know more, please visit the Illinois Association of School Boards at http://www.iasb.com/law/.
Teen Dating Violence
Per Illinois State Law, we are required to share information with you regarding teen dating violence.
Board Policy 7:185 states, “Engaging in teen dating violence that takes place at school, on school property, at school-sponsored activities, or in vehicles used for school-provided transportation is prohibited. For purposes of this policy, the term teen dating violence occurs whenever a student who is 13 to 19 years of age uses or threatens to use physical, mental, or emotional abuse to control an individual in the dating relationship; or uses or threatens to use sexual violence in the dating relationship.”
Search and Seizure of Student Account Information
Illinois School Code requires school districts to inform parents and students of the following policy (7:140):
Notification Regarding Student Accounts or Profiles on Social Networking Websites
The Superintendent or designee shall notify students and their parents/guardians of each of the following in accordance with the Right to Privacy in the School Setting Act, 105 ILCS 75/:
1. School officials may not request or require a student or his or her parent/guardian to provide a password or other related account information to gain access to the student’s account or profile on a social networking website.
2. School officials may conduct an investigation or require a student to cooperate in an investigation if there is specific information about activity on the student’s account on a social networking website that violates a school disciplinary rule or policy. In the course of an investigation, the student may be required to share the content that is reported in order to allow school officials to make a factual determination.
'Hands-Only' CPR - IHSA
Public Act 098-0305 requires the IHSA to be given a CPR training video to post on its website so that staff at IHSA-member schools can watch it. The act also indicates school districts shall notify parents and encourage them to view the video, too.
The following is a link to the act on the General Assembly’s website: