Staff Development Program
The Director or designee shall implement a staff development program. The goal of such program shall be to update and improve the skills and knowledge of staff members in order to achieve and maintain a high level of job performance and satisfaction. Additionally, the development program for licensed staff members shall be designed to effectuate the System and School Improvement Plans so that student learning objectives meet or exceed goals established by the System and State.
The staff development program shall provide, at a minimum, at least once every two years, the in-service training of licensed school personnel and administrators on current best practices regarding the identification and treatment of attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, the application of non-aversive behavioral interventions in the school environment, and the use of psychotropic or psychostimulant medication for school-age children.
The staff development program shall provide, at a minimum, once every two years, the in-service training of all System staff on educator ethics, teacher-student conduct, and school employee-student conduct.
In addition, the staff development program shall include each of the following:
- At least, once every two years, training of all System staff by a person with expertise on anaphylactic reactions and management.
- At least every two years, an in-service to train school personnel, at a minimum, to understand, provide information and referrals, and address issues pertaining to youth who are parents, expectant parents, or victims of domestic or sexual violence.
- Training that, at a minimum, provides System staff with a basic knowledge of matters relating to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and the availability of appropriate sources of counseling and referral.
- Training for licensed school personnel and administrators who work with students in grades 11 and 12 to identify the warning signs of mental illness and suicidal behavior in youth along with appropriate intervention and referral techniques.
- Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act (ANCRA), School Code, and Erin’s Law Training as follows:
- Staff development for local school site personnel who work with students in grades kindergarten through 8, in the detection, reporting and prevention of child abuse and neglect (see policy 5:90, Abused and Neglected Child Reporting).
- Within three months of employment, each staff member must complete mandated reporter training from a provider or agency with expertise in recognizing and reporting child abuse. Mandated reporter training must be completed again at least every three years (see policy 5:90, Abused and Neglected Child Reporting).
- Informing educators about the recommendation in the Erin’s Law Taskforce Report requesting them to attend continuing professional development programs that address the prevention and identification of child sexual abuse (see policy 5:90, Abused and Neglected Child Reporting).
- Education for staff instructing students in grades 11 and 12, concerning teen dating violence as recommended by the System’s Nondiscrimination Coordinator, Building Principal, Assistant Building Principal, Dean of Students or Complaint Manager.
- Every two years, school personnel who work with students must complete an in-person or online training program on the management of asthma, the prevention of asthma symptoms, and emergency response in the school setting.
- Training for school personnel to develop cultural competency, including understanding and reducing implicit racial bias.
- For school personnel who work with hazardous or toxic materials on a regular basis, training on the safe handling and use of such materials.
- For nurses, administrators, guidance counselors, teachers, persons employed by a local health department and assigned to a school, and persons who contract with the DAOES to perform services in connection with a student’s seizure action plan, training in the basics of seizure recognition, first aid, and appropriate emergency protocols.
- For all DAOES staff, annual sexual harassment prevention training.
- Title IX requirements for training as follows (see policy 2:265, Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure):
- For all System staff, training on the definition of sexual harassment, the scope of the System's education program or activity, all relevant System policies and procedures, and the necessity to promptly forward all reports of sexual harassment to the Title IX Coordinator.
- For school personnel designated as Title IX coordinators, investigators, decision-makers, or informal resolution facilitators, training on the definition of sexual harassment, the scope of the System's education program or activity, how to conduct an investigation and grievance process (including hearings, appeals, and informal resolution processes, as applicable), and how to serve impartially.
- For school personnel designated as Title IX investigators, training on issues of relevance to create an investigative report that fairly summarizes relevant evidence.
- For school personnel designated as Title IX decision-makers, training on issues of relevance of questions and evidence, including when questions and evidence about a complainant’s sexual predisposition or prior sexual behavior are not relevant.
The Director shall develop protocols for administering youth suicide awareness and prevention education to staff consistent with Board policy 7:290, Suicide and Depression Awareness and Prevention.
An opportunity shall be provided for all staff members to acquire, develop, and maintain the knowledge and skills necessary to properly administer life-saving techniques and first aid, including the Heimlich maneuver, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the use of an automated external defibrillator, in accordance with a nationally recognized certifying organization. Physical fitness facilities’ staff must be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use of an automated external defibrillator.
20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; 34 C.F.R. Part 106.
42 U.S.C. §1758b, Pub. L. 111-296, Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010; 7 C.F.R. Parts 210 and 235.
105 ILCS 5/2-3.62, 5/10-20.17a, 5/10-20.61, 5/10-22.6(c-5), 5/10-22.39, 5/10-23.12, 5/22-80(h), and 5/24-5.
105 ILCS 25/1.15, Interscholastic Athletic Organization Act.
105 ILCS 150/25, Seizure Smart School Act.
105 ILCS 110/3, Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive Health Education Act.
325 ILCS 5/4, Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act.
745 ILCS 49/, Good Samaritan Act.
775 ILCS 5/2-109, Ill. Human Rights Act.
23 Ill.Admin.Code §§ 22.20, 226.800, and Part 525.
77 Ill.Admin.Code §527.800.
CROSS REF.: 2:265 (Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure), 3:40 (Director), 3:50 (Administrative Personnel Other Than the Director), 4:160 (Environmental Quality of Buildings and Grounds), 5:20 (Workplace Harassment Prohibited), 5:90 (Abused and Neglected Child Reporting), 5:120 (Ethics and Conduct), 5:250 (Leaves of Absence), 6:50 (School Wellness), 7:10 (Equal Educational Opportunities), 7:20 (Harassment of Students Prohibited), 7:180 (Prevention of and Response to Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment), 7:185 (Teen Dating Violence Prohibited), 7:270 (Administering Medicines to Students), 7:285 (Food Allergy Management Program), 7:290 (Suicide and Depression Awareness and Prevention)
Adopted: November 19, 2020