State of Illinois
2017 and 2018


Introduced , by Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez


105 ILCS 5/10-19  from Ch. 122, par. 10-19

    Amends the School Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning the length of a school term.

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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
510-19 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/10-19)  (from Ch. 122, par. 10-19)
7    Sec. 10-19. Length of school term - experimental programs.
8Each school board shall annually prepare a calendar for the the
9school term, specifying the opening and closing dates and
10providing a minimum term of at least 185 days to insure 176
11days of actual pupil attendance, computable under Section
1218-8.05, except that for the 1980-1981 school year only 175
13days of actual pupil attendance shall be required because of
14the closing of schools pursuant to Section 24-2 on January 29,
151981 upon the appointment by the President of that day as a day
16of thanksgiving for the freedom of the Americans who had been
17held hostage in Iran. Any days allowed by law for teachers'
18institutes but not used as such or used as parental institutes
19as provided in Section 10-22.18d shall increase the minimum
20term by the school days not so used. Except as provided in
21Section 10-19.1, the board may not extend the school term
22beyond such closing date unless that extension of term is
23necessary to provide the minimum number of computable days. In



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1case of such necessary extension school employees shall be paid
2for such additional time on the basis of their regular
3contracts. A school board may specify a closing date earlier
4than that set on the annual calendar when the schools of the
5district have provided the minimum number of computable days
6under this Section. Nothing in this Section prevents the board
7from employing superintendents of schools, principals and
8other nonteaching personnel for a period of 12 months, or in
9the case of superintendents for a period in accordance with
10Section 10-23.8, or prevents the board from employing other
11personnel before or after the regular school term with payment
12of salary proportionate to that received for comparable work
13during the school term.
14    A school board may make such changes in its calendar for
15the school term as may be required by any changes in the legal
16school holidays prescribed in Section 24-2. A school board may
17make changes in its calendar for the school term as may be
18necessary to reflect the utilization of teachers' institute
19days as parental institute days as provided in Section
21    The calendar for the school term and any changes must be
22submitted to and approved by the regional superintendent of
23schools before the calendar or changes may take effect.
24    With the prior approval of the State Board of Education and
25subject to review by the State Board of Education every 3
26years, any school board may, by resolution of its board and in



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1agreement with affected exclusive collective bargaining
2agents, establish experimental educational programs, including
3but not limited to programs for e-learning days as authorized
4under Section 10-20.56 of this Code, self-directed learning, or
5outside of formal class periods, which programs when so
6approved shall be considered to comply with the requirements of
7this Section as respects numbers of days of actual pupil
8attendance and with the other requirements of this Act as
9respects courses of instruction.
10(Source: P.A. 98-756, eff. 7-16-14; 99-194, eff. 7-30-15.)