5:100 Staff Development Program
The Superintendent or designee shall implement a staff development program. The goal of such program shall be to update and improve the skills and knowledge of staff members in order to achieve and maintain a high level of job performance and satisfaction. Additionally, the development program for licensed staff members shall be designed to effectuate the District and School Improvement Plans so that student learning objectives meet or exceed goals established by the District and State.
The staff development program shall include the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act (ANCRA), school Code and awareness and prevention of child sexual abuse and grooming behavior’s (Erin’s Law) training as follows (see policies 4:165 Awareness and Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Grooming Behaviors, and 5:090 Abused and Neglected Child Reporting):
- Staff development for local school site personnel who work with students in grades kindergarten through 8, in the detection, reporting and prevention of child abuse and neglect.
- Within three months of employment, each staff member must complete mandated reporter training from provider or agency with expertise in recognizing and reporting child abuse. Mandated reporter training must be completed again at least every three years.
- By January 31, 2023, and every year after, all school personnel must complete evidence-informed training on preventing, reporting and responding to a child sexual abuse, grooming behaviors and boundary violations.
The staff development program shall provide, at a minimum, at least once every two years, the in-service training of licensed school personnel and administrators on current best practices regarding the identification and treatment of attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, the application of non-aversive behavioral interventions in the school environment, and the use of psychotropic or psychostimulant medication for school-age children.
The staff development program shall provide, at a minimum, once every two years, the in-service training of all District staff on educator ethics, teacher-student conduct, and school employee-student conduct.
The Superintendent shall develop protocols for administering youth suicide awareness and prevention education to staff consistent with Board policy 7:290, Adolescent Suicide and Depression Awareness and Prevention Programs.
105 ILCS 25/1.15, Interscholastic Athletic Organization Act.
105 ILCS 150/25, Seizure Smart School Act.
105 ILCS 110/3, Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive Health Education Act.
325 ILCS 5/4, Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act.
745 ILCS 49/, Good Samaritan Act.
775 ILCS 5/2-109, Ill. Human Rights Act.
Date Adopted: February 22, 2011
Date Amended: September 23, 2014
Date Amended: June 20, 2017
Date Amended: September 22, 2020
Date Amended: January 25, 2022