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):

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Cross References

2:265  Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure

2:265-AP1 Title IX Sexual Harassment Response

2:265-AP2 Formal Title IX Sexual Harassment Complaint Grievance Process

3:040 Superintendent

3:050 Administrative Personnel Other Than the Superintendent

4:160 Environmental Quality of Buildings and Grounds

4:160-AP1 Hazardous and Infectious Materials

4:165 Awareness and Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Grooming Behaviors

4:170-AP6 Plan for Responding to a Medical Emergency at an Indoor Physical Fitness Facility With an AED

5:020 Workplace Harassment Prohibited

5:090 Abused and Neglected Child Reporting

5:100-AP1 Staff Development Program

5:120 Employee Ethics; Conduct; and Conflict of Interest

5:150-AP1 Personnel Records

5:250 Leaves of Absence

6:015 School Accountability

6:020 School Year Calendar and Day

6:050 School Wellness

6:120-AP3 Care of Students with Diabetes

6:160 English Learners

7:010 Equal Educational Opportunities

7:020 Harassment of Students Prohibited

7:180 Prevention of and Response to Bullying, Intimidation, and Harassment

7:185 Teen Dating Violence Prohibited 

7:270 Administering Medicines to Students

7:285 Food Allergy Management Program

7:290 Suicide and Depression Awareness and Prevention

7:305 Student Athlete Concussions and Head Injuries

Legal References.:   

20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; 34 C.F.R. Part 106.

42 U.S.C. §1758b, Pub. L. 111-296, Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010;7 C.F.R. Parts 210 and 235.

105 ILCS 5/2-3.62, 5/10-20.17a, 5/10-20.61, 5/10-22.6(c-5), 5/10-22.39, 5/10-23.12, 5/10-23.143, 5/22-80(h), and 5/24-5.

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.

23 Ill.Admin.Code §§ 22.20, 226.800, and Part 525.

77 Ill.Admin.Code §527.800.

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