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Full Text of HB3924  103rd General Assembly


Rep. Janet Yang Rohr

Filed: 3/17/2023





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 3924 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
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



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



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1failing, suspending or expelling such pupil. Each school board
2intending to offer any such class or course to pupils in any of
3grades kindergarten through 8 shall give not less than 5 days
4written notice to the parents or guardians of such pupils
5before commencing the class or course.
6    (c) Beginning with the 2024-2025 school year, in every
7State-required health course for grades 9 through 12, a school
8district shall provide instruction, study, and discussion on
9the dangers of fentanyl. Information for the instruction,
10study, and discussion of fentanyl shall come from information
11provided by the National Institutes of Health, the United
12States Drug Enforcement Administration, or the United States
13Department of Health and Human Services. This instruction,
14study, and discussion shall include, at a minimum, all of the
16        (1) Information on fentanyl itself, including, an
17    explanation of the differences between synthetic and
18    nonsynthetic opioids and illicit drugs, the variations of
19    fentanyl itself, and the differences between the legal and
20    illegal uses of fentanyl.
21        (2) The side effects and the risk factors of using
22    fentanyl, along with information comparing the lethal
23    amounts of fentanyl to other drugs. Information on the
24    risk factors may include, but is not limited to:
25            (A) the lethal dose of fentanyl;
26            (B) how often fentanyl is placed in drugs without



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1        a person's knowledge;
2            (C) an explanation of what fentanyl does to a
3        person's body and the severity of fentanyl's addictive
4        properties; and
5            (D) how the consumption of fentanyl can lead to
6        hypoxia, as well as an explanation of what hypoxia
7        precisely does to a person's body.
8        (3) Details about the process of lacing fentanyl in
9    other drugs and why drugs get laced with fentanyl.
10        (4) Details about how to detect fentanyl in drugs and
11    how to save someone from an overdose of fentanyl, which
12    shall include:
13            (A) how to buy and use fentanyl test strips;
14            (B) how to buy and use naloxone, either through a
15        nasal spray or an injection; and
16            (C) how to detect if someone is overdosing on
17        fentanyl.
18    Students shall be assessed on the instruction required
19under this subsection (c). The assessment may include, but is
20not limited to:
21        (1) the differences between synthetic and nonsynthetic
22    drugs;
23        (2) hypoxia;
24        (3) the effects of fentanyl on a person's body;
25        (4) the lethal dose of fentanyl; and
26        (5) how to detect and prevent overdoses.



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1    The instruction required under this subsection (c) shall
2be taught by a licensed educator, school nurse, or school
4(Source: P.A. 102-195, eff. 7-30-21.)
5    Section 10. The Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive
6Health Education Act is amended by changing Section 3 as
8    (105 ILCS 110/3)
9    Sec. 3. Comprehensive Health Education Program. The
10program established under this Act shall include, but not be
11limited to, the following major educational areas as a basis
12for curricula in all elementary and secondary schools in this
13State: human ecology and health; human growth and development;
14the emotional, psychological, physiological, hygienic, and
15social responsibilities of family life, including sexual
16abstinence until marriage; the prevention and control of
17disease, including instruction in grades 6 through 12 on the
18prevention, transmission, and spread of AIDS; age-appropriate
19sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention education in
20grades pre-kindergarten through 12; public and environmental
21health; consumer health; safety education and disaster
22survival; mental health and illness; personal health habits;
23alcohol and drug use and abuse, including the medical and
24legal ramifications of alcohol, drug, and tobacco use; abuse



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1during pregnancy; evidence-based and medically accurate
2information regarding sexual abstinence; tobacco and
3e-cigarettes and other vapor devices; nutrition; and dental
4health. The instruction on mental health and illness must
5evaluate the multiple dimensions of health by reviewing the
6relationship between physical and mental health so as to
7enhance student understanding, attitudes, and behaviors that
8promote health, well-being, and human dignity and must include
9how and where to find mental health resources and specialized
10treatment in the State. The program shall also provide course
11material and instruction to advise pupils of the Abandoned
12Newborn Infant Protection Act. The program shall include
13information about cancer, including, without limitation, types
14of cancer, signs and symptoms, risk factors, the importance of
15early prevention and detection, and information on where to go
16for help. Notwithstanding the above educational areas, the
17following areas may also be included as a basis for curricula
18in all elementary and secondary schools in this State: basic
19first aid (including, but not limited to, cardiopulmonary
20resuscitation and the Heimlich maneuver), heart disease,
21diabetes, stroke, the prevention of child abuse, neglect, and
22suicide, and teen dating violence in grades 7 through 12.
23Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, training on how to
24properly administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (which
25training must be in accordance with standards of the American
26Red Cross, the American Heart Association, or another



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



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1programs and other extracurricular school activities to
2acquire, develop, and maintain the knowledge and skills
3necessary to properly administer first aid and cardiopulmonary
4resuscitation in accordance with standards and requirements
5established by the American Red Cross or another qualified
6certifying agency. Subject to appropriation, the State Board
7of Education shall establish and administer a matching grant
8program to pay for half of the cost that a school district
9incurs in training those teachers and other school personnel
10who express an interest in becoming qualified to administer
11cardiopulmonary resuscitation (which training must be in
12accordance with standards of the American Red Cross, the
13American Heart Association, or another nationally recognized
14certifying organization) or in learning how to use an
15automated external defibrillator. A school district that
16applies for a grant must demonstrate that it has funds to pay
17half of the cost of the training for which matching grant money
18is sought. The State Board of Education shall award the grants
19on a first-come, first-serve basis.
20    No pupil shall be required to take or participate in any
21class or course on AIDS or family life instruction or to
22receive training on how to properly administer cardiopulmonary
23resuscitation or how to use an automated external
24defibrillator if his or her parent or guardian submits written
25objection thereto, and refusal to take or participate in the
26course or program or the training shall not be reason for



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1suspension or expulsion of the pupil.
2    Curricula developed under programs established in
3accordance with this Act in the major educational area of
4alcohol and drug use and abuse shall include classroom
5instruction in grades 5 through 12. The instruction, which
6shall include matters relating to both the physical and legal
7effects and ramifications of drug and substance abuse, shall
8be integrated into existing curricula; and the State Board of
9Education shall develop and make available to all elementary
10and secondary schools in this State instructional materials
11and guidelines which will assist the schools in incorporating
12the instruction into their existing curricula. In addition,
13school districts may offer, as part of existing curricula
14during the school day or as part of an after school program,
15support services and instruction for pupils or pupils whose
16parent, parents, or guardians are chemically dependent.
17Curricula developed under programs established in accordance
18with this Act in the major educational area of alcohol and drug
19use and abuse shall include the instruction, study, and
20discussion required under subsection (c) of Section 27-13.2 of
21the School Code.
22(Source: P.A. 101-305, eff. 1-1-20; 102-464, eff. 8-20-21;
23102-558, eff. 8-20-21; 102-1034, eff. 1-1-23.)".