Comprehensive Sexual Health Education Bill Passes Senate
Senate Bill 818, legislation concerning personal health and safety and comprehensive sexual health education, passed the Senate this week.
The bill has been changed to remove a mandate that all school districts must provide personal health and safety education in kindergarten through grade 5, and sexual health education in grades 6 through 12. All classes that currently teach sexual health education in grades 6 through 12, must include the following criteria (view full list here):
- Instruction to help students develop self-advocacy skills for effective communication with parents or guardians, health and social service professionals, other trusted adults, and peers about sexual health and relationships.
- Information to help students develop skills for developing healthy relationships and preventing and dealing with interpersonal violence and sexual violence.
- Information to help students safely use the Internet, including social media, dating or relationship websites or applications, and texting.
- Information about local resources where students can obtain additional information and confidential services related to parenting, bullying, interpersonal violence, sexual violence, suicide prevention, sexual and reproductive health, mental health, substance abuse, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and other related issues.
- Information about State laws related to minor confidentiality and minor consent, including exceptions, consent education, mandated reporting of child abuse and neglect, the safe relinquishment of a newborn child, minors' access to confidential health care and related services, school policies addressing the prevention of and response to interpersonal and sexual violence, school breastfeeding accommodations, and school policies addressing the prevention of and response to sexual harassment.
The bill also requires ISBE to develop and adopt learning standards in the areas of comprehensive personal health and safety education for students in kindergarten through 5th grade, and comprehensive sexual health education for students in grades 6 through 12 by August 1, 2022. ISBE is charged with making resource materials available to schools to ensure that curriculum and instruction is age and developmentally appropriate, medically accurate, complete, culturally appropriate, inclusive, and trauma-informed.
The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Bills Scheduled This Week
House Bill 3573 - Allows a school district to utilize a remote learning day instead of an emergency day provided in the school calendar.
Hearing Scheduled: Senate Education Committee - Tuesday, May 25 - 1 p.m.
House Bill 2789 - Senate Amendment 1 to HB 2789 makes the following changes to the bill:
- Allows ISBE to promulgate emergency rules as deemed necessary for the public interest, safety and welfare.
- Allows ISBE to revoke recognition for schools or school districts that do not comply with public health requirements established by the Department of Public Health when the Governor has declared a public health emergency.
- Requires all non-public schools to include in its registration assurances that the school will comply with public health requirements established by the Department of Public Health when the Governor has declared a public health emergency.
- Allows ISBE to revoke registration or recognition for schools that do not comply with public health requirements established due to a public health emergency.
- Prohibits school boards from passing a resolution in conflict with any requirement established by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
- Requires regional offices of education to investigate complaints of noncompliance with public health requirements at non-public schools and public school districts.
- Allows ISBE to sanction any educator or licensed individual who implements any practice that conflicts with any public health requirement established due to a public health emergency.
- When individuals are present in school buildings, the district must comply with public health requirements established due to a public health emergency.
- Allows the State Superintendent to require a school or district to operate fully remotely if the public health requirements are not followed.
Hearing Scheduled: Senate Executive Committee - Wednesday, May 26 - 2:30 p.m.
Senate Bill 814 - Supports implementation of new teacher and principal mentoring programs, and allows organizations including IPA, regional offices of education, higher education institutions, and school districts to be eligible to serve as potential principal mentoring providers. Complete a witness slip in SUPPORT of SB 814.
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Hearing Scheduled: House Elementary and Secondary Education - Administration, Licensing and Charter Schools Committee - Tuesday, May 25 - 9 a.m.
Senate Bill 817 - As amended, non-public schools and school districts must not include or apply uniform policies or dress codes to hairstyles, including hairstyles historically associated with race, ethnicity, or hair texture, including protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists. Such hairstyles shall not be prohibited in non-public or public schools.
Hearing Scheduled: House Elementary and Secondary Education - School Curriculum and Policies Committee - Tuesday, May 25 - 9:30 a.m.
Bill Action Last Week
House Bill 3223 - Requires school districts to provide various services and supports to students who are parents, expectant parents, or victims of sexual or domestic violence (synopsis here). The bill now goes to the Senate floor.
Last Action: Approved by the Senate Education Committee.
House Bill 219 - Makes changes concerning time out and physical restraint in the public schools. The bill was further amended to prohibit prone restraint after the 2021-2022 school year.
Last Action: Approved by the Senate Education Committee
Senate Bill 633 - As amended, requires that data on the number of incidents of violence that occurred on school grounds or during school-related activities that resulted in an out-of-school suspension, expulsion, or removal to alternative school to be reported on the Illinois School Report Card beginning in the 2022-2023 school year.
Last Action: Approved by the Senate (55-0-0)
Senate Bill 654 - As amended, requires daily play time for supervised, unstructured, child-directed play for all students in kindergarten through grade 5. For any school day 5 clock hours in length, play time must be at least 30 minutes and for any day less than 5 clock hours, the total time allotted must be at least 1/10th of an attendance day. The bill prohibits withholding play time as a disciplinary or punitive action, except when a student's participation poses an immediate threat to the safety of the student or others.
Last Action: Approved as amended by the House Elementary & Secondary Education - School Curriculum and Policies Committee
House Bill 156 - Requires menstrual hygiene products to be available, at no cost to students, in the bathrooms of every school building open for student use in grade 4 through 12 during the regular school day. (Previously required in school buildings serving students in grades 6 through 12.)
Last Action: Approved by the House (68-44-1)
Senate Bill 808 - Prohibits a student teacher candidate from being required to submit test materials by video submission for the teacher performance assessment approved by ISBE.
Last Action: Approved by the House (89-25-0)
ISBE Approves Resolution to Resume Full In-Person Learning
The Illinois State Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution at their recent meeting to resume full in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year, provided favorable public health conditions at the time.
The resolution also states that remote learning must be made available for students who are not eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine and are under a quarantine order by a local health department or the Illinois Department of Public Health.
View the full resolution here.