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(105 ILCS 5/27-17)
(from Ch. 122, par. 27-17)
School boards of public schools and all boards in charge of
educational institutions supported wholly or partially by the State may
provide instruction in safety education in all grades and include such
instruction in the courses of study regularly taught therein.
In this Section, "safety education" means and includes instruction in
1. automobile safety, including traffic regulations,
highway safety, and the consequences of alcohol consumption and the operation of a motor vehicle;
2. safety in the home, including safe gun storage;
3. safety in connection with recreational activities;
4. safety in and around school buildings;
5. safety in connection with vocational work or
6. cardio-pulmonary resuscitation for students
enrolled in grades 9 through 11;
7. for students enrolled in grades 6 through 8,
cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and how to use an automated external defibrillator by watching a training video on those subjects; and
8. for students enrolled in prekindergarten through
grade 6, water safety that incorporates evidence-based water safety instructional materials and resources.
Such boards may make suitable provisions in the schools and
institutions under their jurisdiction for instruction in safety
education for not less than 16 hours during each school year.
The curriculum in all educator preparation programs approved by the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board shall contain instruction in safety education for teachers that is appropriate to the grade level of the educator license. This instruction may be by specific courses in safety education or may be incorporated in existing subjects taught in the educator preparation program.
(Source: P.A. 102-971, eff. 1-1-23; 103-567, eff. 12-8-23.)