NEW FINANCIAL REPORTING REQUIREMENTS ON CASH BALANCES AND VENDOR INFORMATION

Within the past year, two new financial reporting requirements have been imposed upon school districts.  Neither is particularly onerous and neither has penalties specified for noncompliance.  Nonetheless, both legal mandates are now in effect.   Cash Balances.  New Section 17-1.3 of the School Code provides that at the public hearing at which a school district…

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NEW ILLINOIS LAW PROVIDES ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE AND RETURN OF SICK DAYS TO VACCINATED EMPLOYEES FOR TIME MISSED DUE TO COVID-19 

Last week, Governor Pritzker signed House Bill 1167 into law. Among other things, this law requires school districts, joint agreements, and charter schools to provide administrative leave days and return previously used sick days to vaccinated employees who previously missed, or will miss, work as a result of COVID-19. As described in further detail below,…

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APPELLATE COURT DISMISSES GOVERNOR PRITZKER’S APPEAL ON COVID MANDATES

Late Thursday night, the Fourth District Illinois Appellate Court dismissed the appeal from the Sangamon County Circuit Court order rendering unenforceable Governor Pritzker’s Executive Orders mandating masks, close contact exclusions, and vaccinations or weekly testing in schools   Some school districts have now already determined not to follow the Governor’s Executive Orders in whole or…

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FULL FUND TRANSFER AUTHORITY RESTORED UNTIL 2024

&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspWith the Governor’s approval of Public Act 102-671 on November 30, 2021, the authority of school boards to transfer money between principal school district operating funds without limitation has been restored, at least through June 30, 2024. &nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspSection 17-2A of the School Code has long provided a mechanism for interfund transfers, which can be accomplished…

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GOVERNOR PRITZKER SIGNS LAW CLARIFYING THE ILLINOIS HEALTH CARE RIGHT OF CONSCIENCE ACT

  In August, Governor Pritzker signed Executive Order 2021-20 requiring all school personnel to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19 or receive at least weekly COVID-19 testing. The Order further ordered schools to exclude any school personnel who do not comply with the vaccination or testing requirement.     Since that time, some school employees have…

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REMINDER TO NOTIFY IEP STUDENTS WHO MAY QUALIFY FOR SERVICES THROUGH THE END OF SCHOOL YEAR 2021-2022 IF THEY WILL TURN 22 YEARS OLD

     School Districts must provide notification of the availability of services to each student with an Individualized Education Plan (“IEP”) by regular mail sent to the last known address of that student or their parent or guardian by August 27, 2021.  Illinois now requires IEP services through the end of the 2021-2022 school year for…

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