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Full Text of HB0004  102nd General Assembly


Sen. Adriane Johnson

Filed: 5/29/2021





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 4 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
510-20.56 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/10-20.56)
7    Sec. 10-20.56. E-learning days.
8    (a) The State Board of Education shall establish and
9maintain, for implementation in school districts, a program
10for use of electronic-learning (e-learning) days, as described
11in this Section. School districts may utilize a program
12approved under this Section for use during remote learning
13days and blended remote learning days under Section 10-30 or
15    (b) The school board of a school district may, by
16resolution, adopt a research-based program or research-based



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1programs for e-learning days district-wide that shall permit
2student instruction to be received electronically while
3students are not physically present in lieu of the district's
4scheduled emergency days as required by Section 10-19 of this
5Code or because a school was selected to be a polling place
6under Section 11-4.1 of the Election Code. The research-based
7program or programs may not exceed the minimum number of
8emergency days in the approved school calendar and must be
9verified by the regional office of education or intermediate
10service center for the school district on or before September
111st annually to ensure access for all students. The regional
12office of education or intermediate service center shall
13ensure that the specific needs of all students are met,
14including special education students and English learners, and
15that all mandates are still met using the proposed
16research-based program. The e-learning program may utilize the
17Internet, telephones, texts, chat rooms, or other similar
18means of electronic communication for instruction and
19interaction between teachers and students that meet the needs
20of all learners. The e-learning program shall address the
21school district's responsibility to ensure that all teachers
22and staff who may be involved in the provision of e-learning
23have access to any and all hardware and software that may be
24required for the program. If a proposed program does not
25address this responsibility, the school district must propose
26an alternate program.



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1    (c) Before its adoption by a school board, the school
2board must hold a public hearing on a school district's
3initial proposal for an e-learning program or for renewal of
4such a program, at a regular or special meeting of the school
5board, in which the terms of the proposal must be
6substantially presented and an opportunity for allowing public
7comments must be provided. Notice of such public hearing must
8be provided at least 10 days prior to the hearing by:
9        (1) publication in a newspaper of general circulation
10    in the school district;
11        (2) written or electronic notice designed to reach the
12    parents or guardians of all students enrolled in the
13    school district; and
14        (3) written or electronic notice designed to reach any
15    exclusive collective bargaining representatives of school
16    district employees and all those employees not in a
17    collective bargaining unit.
18    (d) The regional office of education or intermediate
19service center for the school district must timely verify that
20a proposal for an e-learning program has met the requirements
21specified in this Section and that the proposal contains
22provisions designed to reasonably and practicably accomplish
23the following:
24        (1) to ensure and verify at least 5 clock hours of
25    instruction or school work, as required under Section
26    10-19.05, for each student participating in an e-learning



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1    day;
2        (2) to ensure access from home or other appropriate
3    remote facility for all students participating, including
4    computers, the Internet, and other forms of electronic
5    communication that must be utilized in the proposed
6    program;
7        (2.5) to ensure that non-electronic materials are made
8    available to students participating in the program who do
9    not have access to the required technology or to
10    participating teachers or students who are prevented from
11    accessing the required technology;
12        (3) to ensure appropriate learning opportunities for
13    students with special needs;
14        (4) to monitor and verify each student's electronic
15    participation;
16        (5) to address the extent to which student
17    participation is within the student's control as to the
18    time, pace, and means of learning;
19        (6) to provide effective notice to students and their
20    parents or guardians of the use of particular days for
21    e-learning;
22        (7) to provide staff and students with adequate
23    training for e-learning days' participation;
24        (8) to ensure an opportunity for any collective
25    bargaining negotiations with representatives of the school
26    district's employees that would be legally required,



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1    including all classifications of school district employees
2    who are represented by collective bargaining agreements
3    and who would be affected in the event of an e-learning
4    day;
5        (9) to review and revise the program as implemented to
6    address difficulties confronted; and
7        (10) to ensure that the protocol regarding general
8    expectations and responsibilities of the program is
9    communicated to teachers, staff, and students at least 30
10    days prior to utilizing an e-learning day.
11    The school board's approval of a school district's initial
12e-learning program and renewal of the e-learning program shall
13be for a term of 3 years.
14    (d-5) A school district shall pay to its contractors who
15provide educational support services to the district,
16including, but not limited to, custodial, transportation, or
17food service providers, their daily, regular rate of pay or
18billings rendered for any e-learning day that is used because
19a school was selected to be a polling place under Section
2011-4.1 of the Election Code, except that this requirement does
21not apply to contractors who are paid under contracts that are
22entered into, amended, or renewed on or after March 15, 2022 or
23to contracts that otherwise address compensation for such
24e-learning days.
25    (e) The State Board of Education may adopt rules
26consistent with the provision of this Section.



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1(Source: P.A. 100-760, eff. 8-10-18; 101-12, eff. 7-1-19;
2101-643, eff. 6-18-20.)".