Priority Briefings

GUIDANCE: SPECIAL EDUCATION TIMELINES AND SERVICES DURING CLOSURE

The Illinois State Board of Education has issued guidance on complying with special education mandates during school closure due to the coronavirus. Below is a summary of the March 17, 2020 Guidance. Special education timelines remain in place, but days the school is closed do not count as “school days.” ISBE indicates that “Act of […]


ISBE SUBMITS REVISED TIME OUT AND PHYSICAL RESTRAINT REGULATIONS TO THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON ADMINISTRATIVE RULES

The Illinois State Board of Education made a few significant revisions to its proposed regulations regarding isolated time-out, time-out and physical restraint (the “Proposed Rules”),  in response to 310 letters of public comments. The Proposed Rules are not yet effective, but will be submitted for a Second Hearing and publication in the Illinois Register after […]


STUDENT HEALTH RECORDS: HELPFUL NEW FEDERAL GUIDANCE

In December 2019, the United States Department of Health and Human Services and the United States Department of Education issued joint guidance on the application of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act(FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996(HIPAA) to student health records.  The newly issued guidance updates the departments’ most […]

  • Posted on: Jan 9 2020
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TIME OUT AND PHYSICAL RESTRAINT: ISBE ISSUES GUIDANCE AND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON EMERGENCY REGULATIONS

The Illinois State Board of Education has issued Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions on the Emergency Regulations for the Use of Time out and Physical Restraint, dated December, 2019, responding to questions about the Emergency Rules (effective November 20, 2019 and amended with regard to prone and supine restraint on December 4, 2019). Some highlights […]

  • Posted on: Jan 8 2020
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GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL AFFECTING UNION MEMBERSHIP

On December 20, 2019, Governor Pritzker signed Senate Bill 1784 into law – creating Public Act 101-0620. Among other effects, the Public Act amends the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act and Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act to include provisions impacting union members’ dues deduction authorizations. The Act, which took effect immediately, is the Illinois legislature’s […]

  • Posted on: Jan 7 2020
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ISBE ISSUES AMENDMENT TO EMERGENCY RULES ON PHYSICAL RESTRAINT

Reacting to concerns about the ability to maintain student safety without the ability to use prone restraint, the Illinois State Board of Education has issued an amendment to the emergency regulations to provide for the emergency use of prone restraint. According to the Emergency Amendment, prone restraint may be used if all of the following […]

  • Posted on: Dec 4 2019
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GUIDANCE: ISBE EMERGENCY RULES ON TIME OUT AND PHYSICAL RESTRAINT

Effective November 20, 2019, the Illinois State Board of Education issued emergency regulations, 23 IAC 1.285, regarding requirements for the use of time out and physical restraint. ISBE also issued a Physical Restraint and Time Out Form to be completed after each instance of time out or physical restraint and submitted to the parent and […]

  • Posted on: Nov 25 2019
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“Public Act 101-531: New Procedures and Obligations Regarding Abuse Investigations and Employee Criminal Backgrounds”

            On August 23, 2019, Governor Pritzker signed Public Act 101-0531 which takes effect immediately.  As further described in this briefing, the Public Act changes several areas of the School Code.  Most notably, the Public Act significantly changes the procedure for investigating sexual abuse allegations made against a school district’s staff members, vendors, or volunteers.  […]

  • Posted on: Aug 29 2019
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HB 3586: New Disclosure Requirements for IEP Meetings and Related Service Logs

On August 23, 2019, the Governor signed into law HB 3586, which requires districts to provide additional disclosure and notification to parents of students who are or may be eligible for special education services into law. The Public Act is effective immediately. The Act requires that the school district provide certain documents to parents before […]

  • Posted on: Aug 27 2019
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