State law requires districts to provide counseling, safeguards, or other supportive services to students who have been bullied.
Illinois Compiled Statutes 105-5-10-22.24b School counseling services.
School counseling services may include, but are not limited to: (17) addressing bullying and conflict resolution with all students […] (31) developing and implementing school-based prevention programs, including, but not limited to, mediation and violence prevention, implementing social and emotional education programs and services, and establishing and implementing bullying prevention and intervention programs.
Illinois Compiled Statutes 105-5-27-23.7. Bullying prevention.
Policy on bullying means a bullying prevention policy that meets the following criteria:
- (4) Consistent with federal and State laws and rules governing student privacy rights, includes procedures for promptly informing parents or guardians of all students involved in the alleged incident of bullying and discussing, as appropriate, the availability of social work services, counseling, school psychological services, other interventions, and restorative measures. [...]
- (6) Includes the interventions that can be taken to address bullying, which may include, but are not limited to, school social work services, restorative measures, social-emotional skill building, counseling, school psychological services, and community-based services.
School Policies for Bullying Prevention
Bullying policy guidance includes provisions addressing mental health supports for students involved in bullying incidents.
The Transforming School Discipline Collaborative Model Student Code of Conduct
Document encourages referral of those who experienced harm and caused harm to appropriate support services in the school and community, such as: counselors, psychologists, social workers, or other school support service personnel for case management, counseling, and other services as needed to address underlying behavior.