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105 ILCS 5/26A-30
(105 ILCS 5/26A-30)
(This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date
(a) Each school district must adopt and ensure that it has and implements a policy
to ensure that all information concerning a
student's status and related experiences as a parent, expectant parent, or victim of domestic or sexual violence, or a student who is a named perpetrator of domestic or sexual violence, provided to or otherwise obtained by the school district or its employees or agents pursuant to this Code or otherwise, including a statement of the student or any other documentation, record, or corroborating evidence that the student has requested or obtained assistance, support, or services pursuant to this Code, shall be retained in the strictest of confidence by the school district or its employees or agents and may not be disclosed to any other individual outside of the district, including any other employee, except if such disclosure is (i) permitted by the Illinois School Student Records Act, the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, or other applicable State or federal laws, or (ii) requested or consented to, in writing, by the student or the student's parent or guardian if it is safe to obtain written consent from the student's parent or guardian.
(b) Prior to disclosing information about a student's status as a parent, expectant parent, or victim of domestic or sexual violence, a school must notify the student and discuss and address any safety concerns related to the disclosure, including instances in which the student indicates or the
school or school district or its employees or agents are otherwise aware that the student's health or safety may be at risk if his or her status is disclosed to the student's parent or guardian, except as otherwise permitted by applicable State or federal law, including the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act, the Illinois School Student Records Act, the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, and professional ethics policies that govern professional school personnel.
(c) No student may be required to testify publicly concerning his or her status as a victim of domestic or sexual violence, allegations of domestic or sexual violence, his or her status as a parent or expectant parent, or the student's efforts to enforce any of his or her rights under provisions of this Code relating to students who are parents, expectant
parents, or victims of domestic or sexual violence.
(d) In the case of domestic or sexual violence, except as permitted under State or federal law, or to the extent that a school official determines that the school official has an obligation to do so based on safety concerns or threats to the community, including the victim, a school district must not contact the person named to be the perpetrator, the perpetrator's family, or any other person named by the student or named by the student's parent or guardian to be unsafe to contact to verify the violence. A school district must not contact the perpetrator, the perpetrator's family, or any
other person named by the student or the student's parent or guardian to be unsafe for any other reason without providing prior written notice to the student's parent or guardian. Nothing in this Section prohibits the school or school district from taking other steps to investigate the violence or from contacting persons not named by the student or the student's parent or guardian as unsafe to contact. Nothing in this Section prohibits the school or school district from taking reasonable steps to protect students. If the reasonable steps taken to protect students involve conduct that is prohibited under this subsection, the school must provide notice to the reporting student, in writing and in a developmentally appropriate communication format, of its intent to contact the parties named to be unsafe.
(e) This Section shall not apply to notification of parents or guardians if the perpetrator of the alleged sexual misconduct is an employee, agent, or contractor of a school district, charter school, or nonpublic school with direct contact with children or students.
(Source: P.A. 102-466, eff. 7-1-25; 102-702, eff. 7-1-23.)