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Full Text of HB3924  103rd General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning education.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
527-13.2 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/27-13.2)  (from Ch. 122, par. 27-13.2)
7    Sec. 27-13.2. Required instruction.
8    (a) In every public school there shall be instruction,
9study, and discussion of effective methods by which pupils may
10recognize the danger of and avoid abduction, and in every
11public school maintaining any of grades kindergarten through
128, there shall be, for such grades, instruction, study, and
13discussion of effective methods for the prevention and
14avoidance of drugs and the dangers of opioid and substance
15abuse. School boards may include such required instruction,
16study, and discussion in the courses of study regularly taught
17in the public schools of their respective districts; provided,
18however, that such instruction shall be given each year to all
19pupils in grades kindergarten through 8. The State
20Superintendent of Education may prepare and make available to
21all public and non-public schools instructional materials
22which may be used by such schools as guidelines for
23development of a program of instruction under this subsection



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1(a) Section; provided, however, that each school board shall
2itself determine the minimum amount of instruction time which
3shall qualify as a program of instruction which will satisfy
4the requirements of this subsection (a) Section.
5    The State Superintendent of Education, in cooperation with
6the Department of Children and Family Services, shall prepare
7and disseminate to all public schools and non-public schools,
8information on instructional materials and programs about
9child sexual abuse which may be used by such schools for their
10own or community programs. Such information may also be
11disseminated by such schools to parents.
12    (b) Notwithstanding subsection (a) the foregoing
13provisions of this Section, no pupil in any of grades
14kindergarten through 8 shall be required to take or
15participate in any class or course providing instruction in
16recognizing and avoiding sexual abuse if the parent or
17guardian of the pupil submits written objection thereto; and
18refusal to take or participate in such class or course after
19such written objection is made shall not be reason for
20failing, suspending or expelling such pupil. Each school board
21intending to offer any such class or course to pupils in any of
22grades kindergarten through 8 shall give not less than 5 days
23written notice to the parents or guardians of such pupils
24before commencing the class or course.
25    (c) Beginning with the 2024-2025 school year, in every
26State-required health course for grades 9 through 12, a school



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1district shall provide instruction, study, and discussion on
2the dangers of fentanyl. Information for the instruction,
3study, and discussion of fentanyl shall come from information
4provided by the National Institutes of Health, the United
5States Drug Enforcement Administration, or the United States
6Department of Health and Human Services. This instruction,
7study, and discussion shall include, at a minimum, all of the
9        (1) Information on fentanyl itself, including an
10    explanation of the differences between synthetic and
11    nonsynthetic opioids and illicit drugs, the variations of
12    fentanyl itself, and the differences between the legal and
13    illegal uses of fentanyl.
14        (2) The side effects and the risk factors of using
15    fentanyl, along with information comparing the lethal
16    amounts of fentanyl to other drugs. Information on the
17    risk factors may include, but is not limited to:
18            (A) the lethal dose of fentanyl;
19            (B) how often fentanyl is placed in drugs without
20        a person's knowledge;
21            (C) an explanation of what fentanyl does to a
22        person's body and the severity of fentanyl's addictive
23        properties; and
24            (D) how the consumption of fentanyl can lead to
25        hypoxia, as well as an explanation of what hypoxia
26        precisely does to a person's body.



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1        (3) Details about the process of lacing fentanyl in
2    other drugs and why drugs get laced with fentanyl.
3        (4) Details about how to detect fentanyl in drugs and
4    how to save someone from an overdose of fentanyl, which
5    shall include:
6            (A) how to buy and use fentanyl test strips;
7            (B) how to buy and use naloxone, either through a
8        nasal spray or an injection; and
9            (C) how to detect if someone is overdosing on
10        fentanyl.
11    Students shall be assessed on the instruction required
12under this subsection (c). The assessment may include, but is
13not limited to:
14        (1) the differences between synthetic and nonsynthetic
15    drugs;
16        (2) hypoxia;
17        (3) the effects of fentanyl on a person's body;
18        (4) the lethal dose of fentanyl; and
19        (5) how to detect and prevent overdoses.
20    The instruction required under this subsection (c) shall
21be taught by a licensed educator, school nurse, or school
23(Source: P.A. 102-195, eff. 7-30-21.)
24    Section 10. The Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive
25Health Education Act is amended by changing Section 3 as



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2    (105 ILCS 110/3)
3    Sec. 3. Comprehensive Health Education Program. The
4program established under this Act shall include, but not be
5limited to, the following major educational areas as a basis
6for curricula in all elementary and secondary schools in this
7State: human ecology and health; human growth and development;
8the emotional, psychological, physiological, hygienic, and
9social responsibilities of family life, including sexual
10abstinence until marriage; the prevention and control of
11disease, including instruction in grades 6 through 12 on the
12prevention, transmission, and spread of AIDS; age-appropriate
13sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention education in
14grades pre-kindergarten through 12; public and environmental
15health; consumer health; safety education and disaster
16survival; mental health and illness; personal health habits;
17alcohol and drug use and abuse, including the medical and
18legal ramifications of alcohol, drug, and tobacco use; abuse
19during pregnancy; evidence-based and medically accurate
20information regarding sexual abstinence; tobacco and
21e-cigarettes and other vapor devices; nutrition; and dental
22health. The instruction on mental health and illness must
23evaluate the multiple dimensions of health by reviewing the
24relationship between physical and mental health so as to
25enhance student understanding, attitudes, and behaviors that



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1promote health, well-being, and human dignity and must include
2how and where to find mental health resources and specialized
3treatment in the State. The program shall also provide course
4material and instruction to advise pupils of the Abandoned
5Newborn Infant Protection Act. The program shall include
6information about cancer, including, without limitation, types
7of cancer, signs and symptoms, risk factors, the importance of
8early prevention and detection, and information on where to go
9for help. Notwithstanding the above educational areas, the
10following areas may also be included as a basis for curricula
11in all elementary and secondary schools in this State: basic
12first aid (including, but not limited to, cardiopulmonary
13resuscitation and the Heimlich maneuver), heart disease,
14diabetes, stroke, the prevention of child abuse, neglect, and
15suicide, and teen dating violence in grades 7 through 12.
16Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, training on how to
17properly administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (which
18training must be in accordance with standards of the American
19Red Cross, the American Heart Association, or another
20nationally recognized certifying organization) and how to use
21an automated external defibrillator shall be included as a
22basis for curricula in all secondary schools in this State.
23    The school board of each public elementary and secondary
24school in the State shall encourage all teachers and other
25school personnel to acquire, develop, and maintain the
26knowledge and skills necessary to properly administer



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1life-saving techniques, including, without limitation, the
2Heimlich maneuver and rescue breathing. The training shall be
3in accordance with standards of the American Red Cross, the
4American Heart Association, or another nationally recognized
5certifying organization. A school board may use the services
6of non-governmental entities whose personnel have expertise in
7life-saving techniques to instruct teachers and other school
8personnel in these techniques. Each school board is encouraged
9to have in its employ, or on its volunteer staff, at least one
10person who is certified, by the American Red Cross or by
11another qualified certifying agency, as qualified to
12administer first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. In
13addition, each school board is authorized to allocate
14appropriate portions of its institute or inservice days to
15conduct training programs for teachers and other school
16personnel who have expressed an interest in becoming qualified
17to administer emergency first aid or cardiopulmonary
18resuscitation. School boards are urged to encourage their
19teachers and other school personnel who coach school athletic
20programs and other extracurricular school activities to
21acquire, develop, and maintain the knowledge and skills
22necessary to properly administer first aid and cardiopulmonary
23resuscitation in accordance with standards and requirements
24established by the American Red Cross or another qualified
25certifying agency. Subject to appropriation, the State Board
26of Education shall establish and administer a matching grant



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1program to pay for half of the cost that a school district
2incurs in training those teachers and other school personnel
3who express an interest in becoming qualified to administer
4cardiopulmonary resuscitation (which training must be in
5accordance with standards of the American Red Cross, the
6American Heart Association, or another nationally recognized
7certifying organization) or in learning how to use an
8automated external defibrillator. A school district that
9applies for a grant must demonstrate that it has funds to pay
10half of the cost of the training for which matching grant money
11is sought. The State Board of Education shall award the grants
12on a first-come, first-serve basis.
13    No pupil shall be required to take or participate in any
14class or course on AIDS or family life instruction or to
15receive training on how to properly administer cardiopulmonary
16resuscitation or how to use an automated external
17defibrillator if his or her parent or guardian submits written
18objection thereto, and refusal to take or participate in the
19course or program or the training shall not be reason for
20suspension or expulsion of the pupil.
21    Curricula developed under programs established in
22accordance with this Act in the major educational area of
23alcohol and drug use and abuse shall include classroom
24instruction in grades 5 through 12. The instruction, which
25shall include matters relating to both the physical and legal
26effects and ramifications of drug and substance abuse, shall



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1be integrated into existing curricula; and the State Board of
2Education shall develop and make available to all elementary
3and secondary schools in this State instructional materials
4and guidelines which will assist the schools in incorporating
5the instruction into their existing curricula. In addition,
6school districts may offer, as part of existing curricula
7during the school day or as part of an after school program,
8support services and instruction for pupils or pupils whose
9parent, parents, or guardians are chemically dependent.
10Curricula developed under programs established in accordance
11with this Act in the major educational area of alcohol and drug
12use and abuse shall include the instruction, study, and
13discussion required under subsection (c) of Section 27-13.2 of
14the School Code.
15(Source: P.A. 101-305, eff. 1-1-20; 102-464, eff. 8-20-21;
16102-558, eff. 8-20-21; 102-1034, eff. 1-1-23.)