August 15, 2019: Legislation Expands Provisions for Administration of Medical Cannabis

An amendment to the Illinois School Code specifies that schools must allow school nurses and school administrators to administer medical cannabis products to students. The measure, signed by the Governor on Monday, also provides that school districts may authorize students to self-administer medical cannabis under the direct supervision of a school nurse or school administrator. … Read more…

July 9, 2019: ISBE Publishes Updated Recommended Practices for Occupational and Physical Therapy Services in Illinois Schools

The Illinois State Board of Education has published updated guidance on Recommended Practices for Occupational and Physical Therapy Services in Illinois Schools.  The OT & PT Coordinator Consortium of Northern Illinois, which is a group of leaders in school-based occupational therapy and physical therapy, undertook a rigorous review of the original 2003 guidance published by … Read more…

September 22, 2017: Important Change to Student Records Timeline

Effective September 22, 2017, the timeline has changed for responding to requests for student records in Illinois.   Under longstanding previous law, school districts had 15 school days following receipt of a request for records to provide the requested records.  Public Act 100-0532 (formerly known as Senate Bill 1483) – revises the Illinois School Student Records … Read more…

February 22, 2017: Feds Rescind Guidance on Transgender Students

Today, a “Dear Colleague” letter (“DCL”) issued jointly by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education rescinded the much-debated guidance on transgender students in schools issued by the Departments in May 2016.  In a two-page letter, the Departments state that states and local school districts have the primary role in establishing … Read more…