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New Illinois Employment-Related Laws Affecting Educational Employers; Department Of Labor Opinion Letter States Attendance at IEP Meetings is a FMLA Qualifying Event

NEW ILLINOIS EMPLOYMENT-RELATED LAWS AFFECTING EDUCATIONAL EMPLOYERS Unsatisfactory Teacher Ratings Subject to an Appeals Procedure On August 27, 2019, the Governor signed SB 1213 (Public Act 101-0591) creating an appeals process for teachers who receive unsatisfactory summative ratings.  Public Act 101-0591 requires that school districts and special education cooperatives must develop and implement an appeals … Read more…

New Illinois Laws Establish Additional Requirements for School Districts and Special Education Cooperatives

As you are likely aware, Governor Pritzker has recently signed several pieces of legislation that will have an immediate impact on school districts and special education cooperatives throughout Illinois. The following are summaries of three of the significant new laws that are now in effect, as well as our recommended compliance activities.  This will be … Read more…

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…