Graduation Requirements for Students during COVID-19

Governor J.B. Pritzker updated the School Code by Executive Order on April 24, 2020, modifying, in part, the requirements for High School Graduation. This is not a substitute for legal advice. This is legal information. This does not create an attorney-client relationship. The relevant sections include: Section 8. The following provisions of the Illinois School Code, 105 ILCS 5/1-1 et seq., requiring certain assessments and courses for twelfth grade students, are suspended: 105 ILCS 5/2-3.64a-5(c)

Quick Guide-Family Law Updates

This is NOT an exhaustive list nor legal advice. If you have questions about how these laws may impact you and your family, feel free to reach out to Harmening Law! Adoption Forms: (Finally) Gender neutral! Asthma: The school nurse is allowed to keep asthma medication at school prescribed to the school name. Breastfeeding: A mother can be excused from jury service (upon request) if currently breastfeeding. Car Seat: Child under 2 must be in a rear-facing car

Suspensions: Quick Guide

There are a few facts everyone should know about suspensions–spread the good news!  There are many “unofficial” or “undocumented” suspensions that districts may employ without your knowledge. Calling home: If the school calls you to pick up your child for a behavior issue, this is technically a suspension.  There are a limited number of times/days a student can be suspended under the Illinois School Code–keep track. “Go to the office”: One of the most common