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 Bill Status of HB2789  102nd General Assembly


Short Description:  SCHOOL-PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY

House Sponsors
Rep. Michelle Mussman

Senate Sponsors
(Sen. Christopher Belt)

Last Action
DateChamber Action
  4/23/2021SenateReferred to Assignments

Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
20 ILCS 2310/2310-705 new
105 ILCS 5/24-6
105 ILCS 5/34-18.67 new
110 ILCS 205/9.40 new


Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Department of Public Health Powers and Duties Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. If the Governor has declared a disaster due to a public health emergency, requires the Department of Public Health to establish metrics for school districts and public institutions of higher education to use during the public health emergency in determining if the district or institution may safely conduct in-person instruction or if the district or institution must implement remote learning or blended remote learning to keep students and staff safe. Provides that the metrics shall be enforced by the Department, in cooperation with the State Board of Education and the Board of Higher Education. Requires the Department, the State Board of Education, and the Board of Higher Education to follow all guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States Department of Health and Human Services as it pertains to schools and institutions of higher education during the public health emergency. Provides that the Department shall be responsible for providing rapid COVID-19 testing in public schools and public institutions of higher education. Amends the School Code and the Board of Higher Education Act. Requires school districts and public institutions of higher education to grant paid sick leave to their employees if they contract the illness for which the public health emergency was declared. Effective immediately.

House Committee Amendment No. 1
Deletes reference to:
110 ILCS 205/9.40 new
Adds reference to:
105 ILCS 5/10-20.75 new
105 ILCS 5/34-18.68 new
110 ILCS 205/9.41 new

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the contents of the introduced bill with the following changes. Provides that Department of Public Health shall establish metrics and develop recommended guidelines (rather than establish metrics) for school districts and public institutions of higher education to use during the public health emergency. Removes the enforcement provisions and other provisions concerning the State Board of Education and the Board of Higher Education. Provides that the rapid COVID-19 testing shall be paid for from federal relief funds. Provides that an employee shall receive paid sick leave only if the employee (i) has used the full amount of paid sick leave already allotted to the employee and (ii) the employee provides medical documentation that the employee has contracted the illness for which the disaster was declared. Further amends the School Code. Provides that during the public health emergency, a school board and the exclusive bargaining representative of the district's teachers, if any, shall negotiate the procedures and protocols that shall be implemented to safely conduct in-person instruction. Provides that the procedures and protocols agreed to by the board and the exclusive bargaining representative shall become part of the district's plan to reopen schools safely and the State Board of Education and the Department of Public Health shall enforce the terms of the plan. Provides that if the school board and the exclusive bargaining representative cannot agree on the procedures and protocols that shall be implemented to safely conduct in-person instruction, the school board shall follow the recommended guidelines developed by the Department of Public Health. Makes other changes. Effective immediately.

House Floor Amendment No. 2
Deletes reference to:
105 ILCS 5/10-20.75 new
105 ILCS 5/24-6
105 ILCS 5/34-18.67 new
105 ILCS 5/34-18.68 new
110 ILCS 205/9.41 new
Adds reference to:
105 ILCS 5/22-92 new

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Department of Public Health Powers and Duties Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Provides that the Department shall establish requirements by rule for providing in-person instruction at nonpublic schools and public schools that include, but are not limited to, personal protective equipment, cleaning and hygiene, social distancing, occupancy limits, symptom screening, onsite isolation protocols, and shall provide those requirements to nonpublic schools and public schools with the assistance of the Illinois State Board of Education. Provides that upon receipt of a complaint that a school cannot or is not complying with the Department's rules, the Department or local public health department shall investigate the complaint. Provides that if upon investigation, a school is found to be in violation of the rules, the Department has the authority to take the appropriate action necessary to promote the health or protect the safety of students, staff, and the public, including, but not limited to, closure of a classroom, gym, library, lunch room, or any other school space until such time that the Department determines that the violation or violations have been remedied. Makes other changes. Amends the School Code. Provides that in order to provide in-person instruction, nonpublic schools and public schools must follow the requirements for providing in-person instruction adopted by the Department by rule. Effective immediately.

Actions 
DateChamber Action
  2/18/2021HouseFiled with the Clerk by Rep. Michelle Mussman
  2/19/2021HouseFirst Reading
  2/19/2021HouseReferred to Rules Committee
  3/9/2021HouseAssigned to Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee
  3/22/2021HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Michelle Mussman
  3/22/2021HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Referred to Rules Committee
  3/23/2021HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Rules Refers to Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee
  3/24/2021HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Adopted in Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee; by Voice Vote
  3/24/2021HouseDo Pass as Amended / Short Debate Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee; 015-007-000
  4/8/2021HousePlaced on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
  4/20/2021HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Michelle Mussman
  4/20/2021HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Referred to Rules Committee
  4/21/2021HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Rules Refers to Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee
  4/21/2021HouseSecond Reading - Short Debate
  4/21/2021HouseHeld on Calendar Order of Second Reading - Short Debate
  4/21/2021HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Recommends Be Adopted Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee; 014-009-000
  4/22/2021HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Adopted
  4/22/2021HousePlaced on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate
  4/22/2021HouseThird Reading - Short Debate - Passed 070-042-000
  4/23/2021SenateArrive in Senate
  4/23/2021SenatePlaced on Calendar Order of First Reading
  4/23/2021SenateChief Senate Sponsor Sen. Christopher Belt
  4/23/2021SenateFirst Reading
  4/23/2021SenateReferred to Assignments

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