(105 ILCS 5/10-20.59)
(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 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
(5) Employees who are knowledgeable on child welfare
(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. Liaison responsibilities may include the following:
(1) streamlining the enrollment processes for
(2) implementing student data tracking and monitoring
(3) ensuring that students in the legal custody of
the Department of Children and Family Services receive all school nutrition and meal programs available;
(4) coordinating student withdrawal from a school,
record transfers, and credit recovery;
(5) becoming experts on the foster care system and
State laws and policies in place that support children under the legal custody of the Department of Children and Family Services;
(6) coordinating with child welfare partners;
(7) providing foster care-related information and
training to the school district;
(8) working with the Department of Children and
Family Services to help students maintain their school placement, if appropriate;
(9) reviewing student schedules to ensure that
students are on track to graduate;
(10) encouraging a successful transition into
adulthood and post-secondary opportunities;
(11) encouraging involvement in extracurricular
(12) knowing what support is available within the
school district and community for students in the legal custody of the Department of Children and Family Services.
(c) A school district is encouraged to designate a liaison by the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.
(d) Individuals licensed under Article 21B of this Code acting as a liaison under this Section shall perform the duties of a liaison in addition to existing contractual obligations.
(Source: P.A. 99-781, eff. 8-12-16; 100-201, eff. 8-18-17.)