(105 ILCS 5/10-29)
    Sec. 10-29. Remote educational programs.
    (a) For purposes of this Section, "remote educational program" means an educational program delivered to students in the home or other location outside of a school building that meets all of the following criteria:
        (1) A student may participate in the program only
    
after the school district, pursuant to adopted school board policy, and a person authorized to enroll the student under Section 10-20.12b of this Code determine that a remote educational program will best serve the student's individual learning needs. The adopted school board policy shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following:
            (A) Criteria for determining that a remote
        
educational program will best serve a student's individual learning needs. The criteria must include consideration of, at a minimum, a student's prior attendance, disciplinary record, and academic history.
            (B) Any limitations on the number of students or
        
grade levels that may participate in a remote educational program.
            (C) A description of the process that the school
        
district will use to approve participation in the remote educational program. The process must include without limitation a requirement that, for any student who qualifies to receive services pursuant to the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, the student's participation in a remote educational program receive prior approval from the student's individualized education program team.
            (D) A description of the process the school
        
district will use to develop and approve a written remote educational plan that meets the requirements of subdivision (5) of this subsection (a).
            (E) A description of the system the school
        
district will establish to calculate the number of clock hours a student is participating in instruction in accordance with the remote educational program.
            (F) A description of the process for renewing a
        
remote educational program at the expiration of its term.
            (G) Such other terms and provisions as the
        
school district deems necessary to provide for the establishment and delivery of a remote educational program.
        (2) The school district has determined that the
    
remote educational program's curriculum is aligned to State learning standards and that the program offers instruction and educational experiences consistent with those given to students at the same grade level in the district.
        (3) The remote educational program is delivered by
    
instructors that meet the following qualifications:
            (A) they are certificated under Article 21 of
        
this Code;
            (B) they meet applicable highly qualified
        
criteria under the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001; and
            (C) they have responsibility for all of the
        
following elements of the program: planning instruction, diagnosing learning needs, prescribing content delivery through class activities, assessing learning, reporting outcomes to administrators and parents and guardians, and evaluating the effects of instruction.
        (4) During the period of time from and including the
    
opening date to the closing date of the regular school term of the school district established pursuant to Section 10-19 of this Code, participation in a remote educational program may be claimed for general State aid purposes under Section 18-8.05 of this Code or evidence-based funding purposes under Section 18-8.15 of this Code on any calendar day, notwithstanding whether the day is a day of pupil attendance or institute day on the school district's calendar or any other provision of law restricting instruction on that day. If the district holds year-round classes in some buildings, the district shall classify each student's participation in a remote educational program as either on a year-round or a non-year-round schedule for purposes of claiming general State aid or evidence-based funding. Outside of the regular school term of the district, the remote educational program may be offered as part of any summer school program authorized by this Code.
        (5) Each student participating in a remote
    
educational program must have a written remote educational plan that has been approved by the school district and a person authorized to enroll the student under Section 10-20.12b of this Code. The school district and a person authorized to enroll the student under Section 10-20.12b of this Code must approve any amendment to a remote educational plan. The remote educational plan must include, but is not limited to, all of the following:
            (A) Specific achievement goals for the student
        
aligned to State learning standards.
            (B) A description of all assessments that will be
        
used to measure student progress, which description shall indicate the assessments that will be administered at an attendance center within the school district.
            (C) A description of the progress reports that
        
will be provided to the school district and the person or persons authorized to enroll the student under Section 10-20.12b of this Code.
            (D) Expectations, processes, and schedules for
        
interaction between a teacher and student.
            (E) A description of the specific
        
responsibilities of the student's family and the school district with respect to equipment, materials, phone and Internet service, and any other requirements applicable to the home or other location outside of a school building necessary for the delivery of the remote educational program.
            (F) If applicable, a description of how the
        
remote educational program will be delivered in a manner consistent with the student's individualized education program required by Section 614(d) of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 or plan to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
            (G) A description of the procedures and
        
opportunities for participation in academic and extra-curricular activities and programs within the school district.
            (H) The identification of a parent, guardian, or
        
other responsible adult who will provide direct supervision of the program. The plan must include an acknowledgment by the parent, guardian, or other responsible adult that he or she may engage only in non-teaching duties not requiring instructional judgment or the evaluation of a student. The plan shall designate the parent, guardian, or other responsible adult as non-teaching personnel or volunteer personnel under subsection (a) of Section 10-22.34 of this Code.
            (I) The identification of a school district
        
administrator who will oversee the remote educational program on behalf of the school district and who may be contacted by the student's parents with respect to any issues or concerns with the program.
            (J) The term of the student's participation in
        
the remote educational program, which may not extend for longer than 12 months, unless the term is renewed by the district in accordance with subdivision (7) of this subsection (a).
            (K) A description of the specific location or
        
locations in which the program will be delivered. If the remote educational program is to be delivered to a student in any location other than the student's home, the plan must include a written determination by the school district that the location will provide a learning environment appropriate for the delivery of the program. The location or locations in which the program will be delivered shall be deemed a long distance teaching reception area under subsection (a) of Section 10-22.34 of this Code.
            (L) Certification by the school district that the
        
plan meets all other requirements of this Section.
        (6) Students participating in a remote educational
    
program must be enrolled in a school district attendance center pursuant to the school district's enrollment policy or policies. A student participating in a remote educational program must be tested as part of all assessments administered by the school district pursuant to Section 2-3.64a-5 of this Code at the attendance center in which the student is enrolled and in accordance with the attendance center's assessment policies and schedule. The student must be included within all accountability determinations for the school district and attendance center under State and federal law.
        (7) The term of a student's participation in a
    
remote educational program may not extend for longer than 12 months, unless the term is renewed by the school district. The district may only renew a student's participation in a remote educational program following an evaluation of the student's progress in the program, a determination that the student's continuation in the program will best serve the student's individual learning needs, and an amendment to the student's written remote educational plan addressing any changes for the upcoming term of the program.
    For purposes of this Section, a remote educational program does not include instruction delivered to students through an e-learning program approved under Section 10-20.56 of this Code.
    (b) A school district may, by resolution of its school board, establish a remote educational program.
    (c) Clock hours of instruction by students in a remote educational program meeting the requirements of this Section may be claimed by the school district and shall be counted as school work for general State aid purposes in accordance with and subject to the limitations of Section 18-8.05 of this Code or evidence-based funding purposes in accordance with and subject to the limitations of Section 18-8.15 of this Code.
    (d) The impact of remote educational programs on wages, hours, and terms and conditions of employment of educational employees within the school district shall be subject to local collective bargaining agreements.
    (e) The use of a home or other location outside of a school building for a remote educational program shall not cause the home or other location to be deemed a public school facility.
    (f) A remote educational program may be used, but is not required, for instruction delivered to a student in the home or other location outside of a school building that is not claimed for general State aid purposes under Section 18-8.05 of this Code or evidence-based funding purposes under Section 18-8.15 of this Code.
    (g) School districts that, pursuant to this Section, adopt a policy for a remote educational program must submit to the State Board of Education a copy of the policy and any amendments thereto, as well as data on student participation in a format specified by the State Board of Education. The State Board of Education may perform or contract with an outside entity to perform an evaluation of remote educational programs in this State.
    (h) The State Board of Education may adopt any rules necessary to ensure compliance by remote educational programs with the requirements of this Section and other applicable legal requirements.
(Source: P.A. 99-193, eff. 7-30-15; 99-194, eff. 7-30-15; 99-642, eff. 7-28-16; 100-465, eff. 8-31-17.)