5:260 - Student Teachers

Policy 5:260
Personnel

Student Teachers

The Superintendent is authorized to accept students from university-approved teacher-training programs to do student teaching or a required internship in the District. No individual who has been convicted of a criminal offense listed in Section 5/21B-80 of the School Code, who is listed in the Illinois Sex Offender Registry or the Illinois Murder and Violent Offender Against Youth Registry, or who has been found to be the perpetrator of sexual or physical abuse of a minor under 18 years of age pursuant to proceedings under Article II of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 is permitted to student teach or participate in a required intership.

Placement of student teachers and interns shall be with experienced staff only, and assignments will be made by the Superintendent in cooperation with the building principal.

Before permitting an individual to begin student teaching or a required internship in the District, the Superintendent or designee shall ensure that:

  1. The District performed a complete criminal history records check as described below; and
  2. The individual furnished evidence of physical fitness to perform assigned duties and freedom from communicable disease pursuant to 105 ILCS 5/24-5.

A complete criminal history records check pursuant to 105 ILCS 5/10-21.9 shall include:

  1. Fingerprint-based checks through (a) the Illinois State Police (ISP) for criminal history records information (CHRI) pursuant to the Uniform Conviction Information Act (20 ILCS 2635/1), and (b) the FBI national crime information databases pursuant to the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act (P.L. 109-248);
  2. A check of the Illinois Sex Offender Registry (see the Sex Offender Community Notification Law (730 ILCS 152/101 et seq.); and
  3. A check of the Illinois Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Registry (Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Community Notification Law (730 ILCS 154/75-105, amended by 97-154).

Each student teacher must provide written authorization for, the student teacher’s criminal history records check (including any applicable vendor’s fees), and the Superintendent or designee, will provide each student teacher with a copy of the student teacher’s report.

Adopted: November 10, 1997
Revised: March 23, 2015; February 24, 2020

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