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  • Wednesday, August 06, 2014 6:26 AM | Anonymous
    HB 5892 -- Rep. Michelle Mussman -- Senator Andy Manar. Public Act - 98-0795


    Synopsis As Introduced
    Amends the School Code. Provides for the administration of undesignated epinephrine auto-injectors by a pupil, school nurse, and trained personnel. Limits liability for the administration of undesignated epinephrine auto-injectors by a school nurse or trained personnel. Requires a school to permit the self-administration and self-carry of asthma medication by a pupil with asthma. Provides that prior to the administration of an undesignated epinephrine auto-injector, trained personnel must submit to his or her school's administration proof of completion of a training curriculum to recognize and respond to anaphylaxis. Requires training to be completed annually and sets forth training curriculum guidelines. Provides that within 3 days of the administration of epinephrine by a school nurse, trained personnel, or a student at a school or school-sponsored activity, the school must report to the Board certain information, which the Board will then use in its report to the General Assembly identifying the frequency and circumstances of epinephrine administration during the preceding academic year. Effective August 1, 2014.


    House Amendment #1
    Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the bill with changes. Restores current law with respect to provisions that a school district, public school, or nonpublic school may authorize the provision of an epinephrine auto-injector to a student that meets the student's prescription on file. Exempts from liability or professional discipline the school district, public school, or nonpublic school and its employees and agents from any injury arising from the self-administration of asthma medication, the self-administration of an epinephrine auto-injector, or the use of an undesignated epinephrine auto-injector. Provides that upon any administration of an epinephrine auto-injector, a school district, public school, or nonpublic school must immediately activate the EMS system and notify the student's parent, guardian, or emergency contact, if known. Provides that any supply of epinephrine auto-injectors shall be maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. Provides that within 24 hours of the administration of an undesignated epinephrine auto-injector, a school district, public school, or nonpublic school must notify the physician, physician assistant, or advance practice nurse who provided the standing order or prescription for the undesignated epinephrine auto-injector of its use. Further provides that trained personnel must also submit to his or her school's administration proof of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator certification. Provides that a school district, public school, or nonpublic school may not use the administration of medications by volunteers to reduce the number of school nurses in a school or school district. Makes other changes. Effective August 1, 2014.


    House Amendment #3
    Provides that a school district, public school, or nonpublic school may authorize the provision of a student-specific or undesignated epinephrine auto-injector to a student or authorized personnel under a student's Individual Health Care Action Plan, Illinois Food Allergy Emergency Action Plan or Treatment Authorization Form, or other plan under federal law. Requires the school district, public school, or nonpublic school to inform the parents or guardians of the pupil that the school district, public school, or nonpublic school and its employees and agents, including a physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice nurse providing standing protocol, are exempt from liability or professional discipline from any injury arising from the administration (rather than self-administration) of asthma medication or an epinephrine auto-injector. Provides that a physician, a physician assistant who has been delegated prescriptive authority for asthma medication or epinephrine (rather than just prescriptive authority), or an advanced practice nurse who has been delegated prescriptive authority for asthma medication or epinephrine (rather than just prescriptive authority) may prescribe undesignated epinephrine auto-injectors. Provides that the school district, public school, or nonpublic school must maintain records related to the training curriculum and trained personnel. Provides that a school district, public school, or nonpublic school is encouraged not to use the administration of emergency medications to reduce the number of school nurses in a school or school district. Defines "standing protocol". Makes other changes.


    House Amendment #4
    Deletes a provision that provides that a school district, public school, or nonpublic school is encouraged not to use the administration of emergency medications to reduce the number of school nurses in a school or school district.


  • Wednesday, July 09, 2014 9:30 AM | Anonymous

    The information below is a republication from the ExceleRate Illinois website as of 7/9/2014. (Source: http://www.excelerateillinoisproviders.com/resources/accreditation)

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    The links below outline the details regarding alignment of ExceleRate Illinois standards with national accreditations. In the summer of 2013, the Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development (OECD) invited all national accrediting bodies to have their accreditation cross-walked with the ExceleRate Illinois standards. If your accrediting body is not listed below, encourage them to contact the Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development to engage in this process. If your program is accredited by one of these accrediting bodies, you are able to use your accreditation to show evidence for many of the ExceleRate Illinois standards. Please review the crosswalk summary for details and the additional requirements for alignment with ExceleRate Illinois.

    American Montessori Society (AMS) Accreditation

    Council on Accreditation (COA)

    National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accreditation

    National Accreditation Commission (NAC) Accreditation

    Once you have reviewed the crosswalk, use the additional Standard and Evidence Requirements to find what pieces will need to be met beyond your accreditation.

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  • Thursday, June 12, 2014 9:13 AM | Anonymous
    Dental Exams: All Illinois children in kindergarten and Grades 2 and 6 are required to have an oral health examination. Each child is required to present proof of examination by a dentist prior to May 15 of the school year. The Proof of School Dental Examination form and the Dental Examination Waiver form are uniform for statewide use and are available on the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education websites. *

    Every school shall report to the Illinois State Board of Education by June 30 the number of children with dental examinations completed and additional details regarding those examinations and the number of children receiving waivers for various reasons.

    Vision Exams: All children enrolling in kindergarten and any student enrolling for the first time in an Illinois school are required to have an eye examination. The eye examination requirement does not apply to children enrolling in preschool. Before October 15 of the school year, each child to whom the eye examination requirement applies is required to present proof of an eye examination. The Eye Examination Report form, as designated and available on the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education websites, are uniform for statewide use. *

    Every school is required to report to the Illinois State Board of Education by June 30 the number of children with eye examinations completed and the number of children receiving waivers for various reasons.

    * The consequence for students failing to submit the dental exam (for grades 2 & 6) and eye exams is that schools may withhold report cards.

    Zach Wichmann
    Director of Government Relations
    Catholic Conference of Illinois
    217-528-9200
  • Monday, June 02, 2014 11:45 PM | Anonymous
    This is my Legislative Update for the Illinois State Capitol for the week of May 26th through May 31st. The General Assembly adjourned on May 31st for the Summer and Fall and is not scheduled to return until November 19th.

    The list below show only those bills that passed both houses and are on the way to the governor. The General Assembly has up to 30 days to send the bills to the governor and the governor has up to 60 days to sign or veto bills from the time they reach his desk. I will track these bills and let you know which bills were signed into law and which bills were vetoed or amendatorily vetoed throughout the Summer.

    If any member has any information you want or need regarding legislation or the budget, please feel free to contact me and I will try to get the information for you.
    Ralph Rivera
    773-392-8680-cell

    PASSED BOTH HOUSES

    HB 8 - Rep. Mary Flowers -- Senator Toi Hutchinson

    Synopsis As Introduced
    Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. Provides that with respect to employment, it is a civil rights violation for an employer to refuse to provide reasonable accommodations for an employee for conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, if she so requests, with the advice of her health care provider. Provides that the term "reasonable accommodations" means actions which would permit such an employee to perform in a reasonable manner the activities involved in the job or occupation including an accessible worksite, acquisition or modification of equipment, job restructuring, and modified work schedule. Provides that the reasonable accommodations shall be undertaken provided that those actions do not impose an undue hardship on the business, program, or enterprise of the entity from which the actions are requested.

    House Amendment #1
    Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Includes legislative findings and a statement of purpose. Amends the Illinois Human Rights Act. For purposes of the Act, defines "pregnancy" as pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions. For purposes of the Article concerning employment, provides that "employer" includes any person employing one or more employees when a complainant alleges civil rights violation due to unlawful discrimination based upon pregnancy. Deletes provisions of a subsection concerning pregnancy of peace officers and fire fighters. Provides that the subsection concerning pregnancy is applicable regardless of the source of the employee's inability to work or employment classification or status, including part-time, full-time, or probationary. Provides that it is a civil rights violation for an employer, with respect to pregnancy, childbirth, or a related condition: (1) not to make reasonable accommodations, if so requested, unless the employer can demonstrate that the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the ordinary operation of the business of the employer; (2) to deny employment opportunities or benefits to or take adverse action against an otherwise qualified job applicant or employee; (3) to require a job applicant or employee to accept an accommodation that the applicant or employee chooses not to accept; or (4) to require an employee to take leave under any leave law or policy of the employer if another reasonable accommodation can be provided. Defines "reasonable accommodations" and "undue hardship". Provides that it is a civil rights violation for an employer to fail to post, keep posted, or fail to include in any employee handbook information concerning an employee's rights under the Act, a notice, to be prepared or approved by the Department of Human Rights, summarizing the requirements of the Act and information pertaining to the filing of a charge, including the right to be free from unlawful discrimination and the right to certain reasonable accommodations. Provides that the Department shall furnish copies of summaries and rules to employers upon request without charge. Provides that it is a civil rights violation to retaliate against a person because he or she has requested, attempted to request, used, or attempted to use a reasonable accommodation. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

    House Amendment #2
    Replaces references to "pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions" with references to "pregnancy, childbirth, and conditions related to pregnancy and childbirth". Makes corresponding changes.

    House Amendment #3
    Replaces everything after the enacting clause with the contents of House Amendments #1 and #2, and makes the following changes: (1) makes changes in language concerning the documentation an employer may require; (2) provides that the Department shall make the required notice available for retrieval from the Department's website; (3) provides procedures in the event an employer violates the notice requirements; and (4) makes other changes.

    Senate Amendment #1
    Replaces everything after the enacting clause with the provisions of the engrossed bill, and makes changes. Throughout, changes "conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth" to "medical or common conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth". Provides that it is the duty of the individual seeking a reasonable accommodation or accommodations to submit to the employer any documentation that is properly requested. Provides that it is a human rights violation for an employer to require a job applicant or employee affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or medical or common conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth to accept an accommodation when the applicant or employee did not request an accommodation and the applicant or employee chooses not to accept the employer's accommodation (instead of "accept an accommodation that the applicant or employee chooses not to accept"). Provides that "reasonable accommodations" includes time off to recover from conditions related to childbirth (instead of "time off to recover from childbirth") and leave necessitated by pregnancy, childbirth, or medical or common conditions resulting from pregnancy or childbirth. Makes other changes. Effective January 1, 2015.

    HB 3685-- Rep. Jay Hoffman -- Senator Thomas Cullerton.

    Synopsis As Introduced
    Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that the Secretary of State may grant a waiver to the requirement that religious organization bus drivers hold a valid driver's license for 3 years prior to the date of application if there was a break of 30 days or less in holding a valid driver's license during that 3 year period.

    House Amendment #1
    Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the original bill. Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that for a lapse in license renewal of 30 days or less, the applicant shall be eligible without a waiver from the Secretary of State. Provides that a waiver is only required for a lapse in excess of 30 days. Extends this grace period and application waiver to senior citizen transportation drivers and for-profit ridesharing arrangement drivers.

    HB 3724 -- Rep. Daniel Burke -- Senator John Mulroe.

    Synopsis As Introduced
    Amends the Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive Health Education Act. Provides that training on how to properly administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation and how to use an automated external defibrillator shall be included as a basis for health education curricula in all secondary schools in this State and shall be a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma. Effective July 1, 2014.

    House Amendment #2
    Removes the amendatory language that provides that training on how to properly administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation and how to use an automated external defibrillator shall be a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma.

    House Amendment #3
    Provides that no pupil shall be required to receive training on how to properly administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation or how to use an automated external defibrillator if his or her parent or guardian submits written objection thereto, and refusal to take or participate in the training shall not be reason for suspension or expulsion of the pupil.

    HB 4207 Rep. Laura Fine -- Senator Ira Silverstein
    Engrossed Bill [with all House Amendments]

    Amends the School Code. In provisions concerning bullying prevention, prohibits a student from being subjected to bullying 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. Provides that the definition of bullying includes cyber-bullying; defines "cyber-bullying". Provides that a school district's or non-public, non-sectarian elementary or secondary school's policy or implementing procedure on bullying 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. Effective January 1, 2015.

    HB 4262 - Rep. Laura Fine -- Senator William Delgado.

    Synopsis As Introduced
    Amends the Employment of Teachers Article of the School Code. Makes changes to a Section concerning physical fitness and professional growth. Defines "employee". Removes a requirement that new employees provide evidence of freedom from tuberculosis. Provides instead that a new or existing employee may be subject to additional health examinations, including screening for tuberculosis, as required by rules adopted by the Department of Public Health or by order of a local public health official. Provides that school boards may require employees (instead of teachers in their employ) to furnish evidence of continued professional growth. Effective immediately.

    House Amendment #1
    Restores current law to provide that school boards may require teachers in their employ (instead of employees) to furnish evidence of continued professional growth.

    HB 5707 -- Rep. Kelly Cassidy -- Senator Heather Steans.

    Synopsis As Introduced
    Amends the School Code in provisions concerning bullying prevention. Sets forth definitions for "policy on bullying" and "restorative measures". Makes changes concerning the creation, maintenance, and implementation of a policy on bullying. Deletes the requirement that each school district, charter school, and non-public, non-sectarian elementary or secondary school must communicate its policy on bullying to its students and their parent or guardian on an annual basis. Provides that on an annual basis, school districts, charter schools, and non-public, non-sectarian schools are required to collect, maintain, analyze, and submit to the State Board of Education data relating to the prevalence of bullying within the school district or non-public, non-sectarian elementary or secondary school, as well as the climate of the school district or non-public, non-sectarian elementary or secondary school. Moves the provision concerning the right to exercise free expression or the free exercise of religion or religiously based views protected under the United States and Illinois Constitutions. Effective immediately.

    Senate Amendment #1
    Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the contents of the bill as engrossed with the following changes. Removes a reference to the Freedom of Speech Article of the Illinois Constitution. In the definition of "policy on bullying", makes changes to the criteria that a bullying prevention policy must meet to qualify under the definition. Provides that 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 on bullying and make any necessary and appropriate revisions (instead of requiring a re-evaluation, re-assessment, and review of the policy, making any necessary revisions and additions). Removes provisions concerning local control over a policy, collecting and maintaining certain information, and State Board of Education rules. Makes technical corrections. Effective immediately.

    Senate Amendment #2
    Requires the policy on bullying to contain a policy evaluation process (rather than contain an evaluation and reporting component) to assess the outcomes and effectiveness of the policy that include, but are not limited to, factors such as 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. Provides that 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. Provides that this information shall be made available on the Internet website of the school district, charter school, or non-public, non-sectarian elementary or secondary school (rather than providing that 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 and shared with administrators, board members, school personnel, parents, guardians, and students). Further provides that if an Internet website is not available, the information must be provided to school administrators, school board members, school personnel, parents, guardians, and students.

    HB 5892 -- Rep. Michelle Mussman -- Senator Andy Manar. On 3rd Reading in Senate – Final Passage Stage

    Synopsis As Introduced
    Amends the School Code. Provides for the administration of undesignated epinephrine auto-injectors by a pupil, school nurse, and trained personnel. Limits liability for the administration of undesignated epinephrine auto-injectors by a school nurse or trained personnel. Requires a school to permit the self-administration and self-carry of asthma medication by a pupil with asthma. Provides that prior to the administration of an undesignated epinephrine auto-injector, trained personnel must submit to his or her school's administration proof of completion of a training curriculum to recognize and respond to anaphylaxis. Requires training to be completed annually and sets forth training curriculum guidelines. Provides that within 3 days of the administration of epinephrine by a school nurse, trained personnel, or a student at a school or school-sponsored activity, the school must report to the Board certain information, which the Board will then use in its report to the General Assembly identifying the frequency and circumstances of epinephrine administration during the preceding academic year. Effective August 1, 2014.

    House Amendment #1
    Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the bill with changes. Restores current law with respect to provisions that a school district, public school, or nonpublic school may authorize the provision of an epinephrine auto-injector to a student that meets the student's prescription on file. Exempts from liability or professional discipline the school district, public school, or nonpublic school and its employees and agents from any injury arising from the self-administration of asthma medication, the self-administration of an epinephrine auto-injector, or the use of an undesignated epinephrine auto-injector. Provides that upon any administration of an epinephrine auto-injector, a school district, public school, or nonpublic school must immediately activate the EMS system and notify the student's parent, guardian, or emergency contact, if known. Provides that any supply of epinephrine auto-injectors shall be maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. Provides that within 24 hours of the administration of an undesignated epinephrine auto-injector, a school district, public school, or nonpublic school must notify the physician, physician assistant, or advance practice nurse who provided the standing order or prescription for the undesignated epinephrine auto-injector of its use. Further provides that trained personnel must also submit to his or her school's administration proof of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator certification. Provides that a school district, public school, or nonpublic school may not use the administration of medications by volunteers to reduce the number of school nurses in a school or school district. Makes other changes. Effective August 1, 2014.

    House Amendment #3
    Provides that a school district, public school, or nonpublic school may authorize the provision of a student-specific or undesignated epinephrine auto-injector to a student or authorized personnel under a student's Individual Health Care Action Plan, Illinois Food Allergy Emergency Action Plan or Treatment Authorization Form, or other plan under federal law. Requires the school district, public school, or nonpublic school to inform the parents or guardians of the pupil that the school district, public school, or nonpublic school and its employees and agents, including a physician, physician assistant, or advanced practice nurse providing standing protocol, are exempt from liability or professional discipline from any injury arising from the administration (rather than self-administration) of asthma medication or an epinephrine auto-injector. Provides that a physician, a physician assistant who has been delegated prescriptive authority for asthma medication or epinephrine (rather than just prescriptive authority), or an advanced practice nurse who has been delegated prescriptive authority for asthma medication or epinephrine (rather than just prescriptive authority) may prescribe undesignated epinephrine auto-injectors. Provides that the school district, public school, or nonpublic school must maintain records related to the training curriculum and trained personnel. Provides that a school district, public school, or nonpublic school is encouraged not to use the administration of emergency medications to reduce the number of school nurses in a school or school district. Defines "standing protocol". Makes other changes.

    House Amendment #4
    Deletes a provision that provides that a school district, public school, or nonpublic school is encouraged not to use the administration of emergency medications to reduce the number of school nurses in a school or school district.

    SB 2710 -- Senator Bill Cunningham -- Rep. Lawrence Walsh, Jr.

    Synopsis As Introduced
    Amends the School Safety Drill Act. Requires a private school to conduct a minimum of one annual meeting at which the school must review each school building's emergency and crisis response plans, protocols, and procedures and each building's compliance with the school safety drill programs of the school. Provides that the purpose of this annual review shall be to review and update the emergency and crisis response plans, protocols, and procedures and the school safety drill programs of the school. Requires the private school to invite representatives from all local first responder organizations to participate, advise, and consult in the review process. Effective immediately.

    Senate Amendment #1
    With respect to the review of a school building's emergency and crisis response plans, protocols, and procedures and the building's compliance with the school safety drill programs, provides that this review must be at no cost to the school district or private school.

    SB 2934 Senator Stadelman -- Rep. Lawrence Walsh, Jr.

    Synopsis As Introduced
    Amends the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act. Provides that the Illinois Emergency Management Agency is authorized to make grants to various higher education institutions, public K-12 school districts, and inter-district special education cooperatives for safety and security improvements. Effective immediately.

    Senate Amendment 2 
    -- adds non-public schools K-12 to those who can receive grants for safety and security improvements.

    SB 3554 --Senator Julie Morrison -- Rep. Emily McAsey On 3rd Reading in House – Final Passage Stage

    Synopsis As Introduced
    Amends the Children with Disabilities Article of the School Code. Adds one non-voting member to the Illinois Purchased Care Review Board. Requires the member to be an administrator of a private, nonpublic, special education school.
  • Saturday, February 01, 2014 3:59 PM | Anonymous

    House Bill 1625 – This legislation (now law) states that the one annual law enforcement drill already required focuses on a reverse evacuation scenario. It also clarifies that this drill is intended to “address and prepare” school personnel, meaning student participation is not required. A local law enforcement agency is required to contact the school about participating in the drill. If a mutually agreed upon date cannot be found, the school will conduct the drill without participation of the law enforcement agency.


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