Illinois - School-Community and Interagency Partnerships: Partnerships

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regulation; statute

State laws requires districts to establish school-community partnerships to address student needs.

Illinois Administrative Code 23-555.30 Program Specifications

a) In order to achieve the goals specified in Section 555.10 of this Part, each proposed project shall include objectives and activities related to:

  • 1) Developing a protocol and structures for meeting the early intervention mental health needs of students, including identifying, referring, and following up on those who could benefit from early intervention, involving parents and other care-givers, and planning for and providing services from qualified mental health professionals, such as:
    • A) assessment,
    • B) individual and group counseling,
    • C) family support, and
    • D) school-wide mental health awareness activities;
  • 2) Coordinating services with those offered by other community-based service systems and providers by:
    • A) developing a framework for the integration of social and emotional learning and mental health-related initiatives based on a team approach that includes school staff, community-based providers, students, and their families to build upon existing mental health structures,
    • B) implementing formal interagency working agreements, and
    • C) providing services in "natural" settings such as schools, youth-serving agencies, or family homes; and
  • 3) Reducing the mental health stigma within the school community by:
    • A) conducting events for the school faculty, students, and family members to increase awareness regarding the impact of mental illness, the efficacy of mental health treatment, and the importance of early identification,
    • B) addressing mental health stigmas that are specific to particular cultures or segments of the community, and
    • C) promoting leadership among students and support for peers with regard to issues of mental health.

b) Each proposed project shall make services available to all students housed in any attendance center for which funding is provided under this Subpart A.

Illinois Compiled Statutes 105-60-5. Policy.

Community service education programs educate students about the value of civic involvement through actual school-sponsored involvement in their communities. Students, citizens, civic groups, businesses, and community organizations benefit from community service education programs by developing strong partnerships that enhance the value of schools and quality of life in communities. Community service education programs build stronger schools, stronger communities, and a positive environment.
In many communities, the school district is the economic engine that provides jobs, economic stability, and prosperity. Community service education programs enable more school districts and communities to prosper economically while promoting good citizenship. School districts that offer community service education programs enjoy a significant return on their investment. Hence, the policy of the State of Illinois is to support such programs by providing incentives to encourage school districts to offer community service education programs.

Illinois Compiled Statutes 105-5-10-20.59. DCFS liasion.

(a) Each school board may appoint at least one employee to act as a liaison to facilitate the enrollment and transfer of records of students in the legal custody of the Department of Children and Family Services when enrolling in or changing schools. The school board may appoint any employee of the school district who is licensed under Article 21B of this Code [105 ILCS 5/21B-5 et seq.] to act as a liaison; however, employees who meet any of the following criteria must be prioritized for appointment:

  • (1) Employees who have worked with mobile student populations or students in foster care.
  • (2) Employees who are familiar with enrollment, record transfers, existing community services, and student support services.
  • (3) Employees who serve as a high-level administrator.
  • (4) Employees who are counselors or have experience with student counseling.
  • (5) Employees who are knowledgeable on child welfare policies.
  • (6) Employees who serve as a school social worker.

(b) Liaisons under this Section are encouraged to build capacity and infrastructure within their school district to support students in the legal custody of the Department of Children and Family Services.

Illinois Compiled Statutes 105-5-10-20.14. Student discipline policies; parent-teacher advisory committee.

(d) The school board, in consultation with the parent-teacher advisory committee and other community-based organizations, must include provisions in the student discipline policy to address students who have demonstrated behaviors that put them at risk for aggressive behavior, including without limitation bullying, as defined in the policy. These provisions must include procedures for notifying parents or legal guardians and early intervention procedures based upon available community-based and district resources.

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