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High School CPR Toolkits Available
Lauren's Law, enacted in July 2014, requires that all secondary schools provide training in Bystander CPR and Automated External Defibrillators (AED) education as part of the health education curriculum. The Illinois State Board of Education provides a guidance document on this law, available at www.isbe.net/pdf/ school_health/guidance-15-06-CPR-AED-secondary-schools150801.pdf .
To help schools with the cost and materials necessary to meet this requirement, Illinois Heart Rescue has created High School CPR Toolkits for schools' use. Each toolkit will include 16 stackable and durable mannequins, two AED trainers, educational support materials including key messaging highlights, and reference materials. Each kit also contains a CPR training DVD that is available in five languages.
Regional Offices of Education (ROEs) via the Illinois State Board of Education will house the CPR toolkits. Individual schools will be able to "check out" the CPR High School Toolkits as needed through the ROEs.
The Carlinville ROE now has the kits available for check out to all of the schools within our region. Please contact the Carlinville ROE office at 217-854-4016 if you would like to schedule training for your high school students.
Signed into law on August 31, 2018, Public Act 100-0465, also known as the Evidence-Based Funding for Student Success Act, made sweeping changes to education funding in Illinois. In making changes to state financial support to schools, the Act also repealed Section 18-8.05 of the School Code, which required an instructional day to be a minimum of five hours. As such, there is no current statutory minimum number of hours or minutes that constitutes an instructional day. This change provides districts with maximum flexibility to ensure that student needs determine the method and timelines of instructional days rather than the needs of regulatory and compliance systems.
The definition of an Instructional Day is explained in this memo from ISBE: https://www.isbe.net/Documents/Instructional-Day-Memorandum.pdf
Culture & Climate
- Free Birth Records for People Experiencing Homelessness – IDPH Form Now Available
A new state law, Public Act 100-0506, requiring that free birth certificates be provided for people experiencing homelessness took effect January 1, 2018. “Homeless person” means an individual who meets the McKinney-Vento definition of “homeless” (42 U.S.C. 11302) or an individual residing in any of the following living situations: individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing; economic hardship or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings; children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations or similar settings; and migratory children who meet the previous living situations. Children and youths who have been displaced from their homes because of a natural disaster would also meet the definition.
The new law requires that a service provider sign a statement verifying the applicant’s homeless status. Public school homeless liaisons or school social workers are among the service providers who may sign a statement. Individuals who are homeless must not be charged for this verification. The McKinney-Vento Act requires schools to enroll students experiencing homelessness immediately, even if the student is unable to provide documents that are typically required for enrollment (such as previous academic records, records of immunizations and other required health records, proof of residency, proof of guardianship, birth certificates, or other documentation); has missed application or enrollment deadlines during a period of homelessness; or has outstanding fees. (Section 722(g)(3)(C)(i); see also 722(g)(1)(H))
The IDPH form is now available on the Homeless Education website. The provider (school, McKinney-Vento liaison, homeless shelter, homeless service provider) is required to print the form on organizational/school district letterhead. The school district will only be required to add the school district name, not the agency tax ID.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact State Homeless Coordinator Vicki Hodges at email@example.com.
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