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(105 ILCS 5/27-13.2)
(from Ch. 122, par. 27-13.2)
In every public school there
shall be instruction, study, and discussion of effective methods by which
pupils may recognize the danger of and avoid abduction, and in every
public school maintaining any of grades kindergarten through 8 there shall
be, for such grades, instruction, study, and discussion of effective
methods for the prevention and avoidance of drugs and the dangers of opioid and substance abuse.
School boards may
include such required instruction, study and discussion in the courses of
study regularly taught in the public schools of their respective districts;
provided, however, that such instruction shall be given each year to all
pupils in grades kindergarten through 8. The State Superintendent of
Education may prepare and make available to all public and non-public
schools instructional materials which may be used by such schools
as guidelines for development of a program of instruction
under this Section; provided, however, that each school board shall
itself determine the minimum amount of instruction time which shall qualify
as a program of instruction
satisfy the requirements of this Section.
The State Superintendent of Education, in cooperation with the
Department of Children and Family Services, shall prepare and disseminate
to all public schools and non-public schools, information on instructional
materials and programs about child sexual abuse which may be used by such
schools for their own or community programs. Such information may also be
disseminated by such schools to parents.
Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this Section, no pupil in
any of grades kindergarten through 8 shall be required to take or
participate in any class or course providing instruction in recognizing and
avoiding sexual abuse if the parent or guardian of the pupil submits
written objection thereto; and refusal to take or participate in such class
or course after such written objection is made shall not be reason for
failing, suspending or expelling such pupil. Each school board intending
to offer any such class or course to pupils in any of grades kindergarten
through 8 shall give not less than 5 days written notice to the parents or
guardians of such pupils before commencing the class or course.
(Source: P.A. 102-195, eff. 7-30-21.)