5.280 - Duties & Qualifications

All support staff: (1) must meet qualifications specified in job descriptions, (2) must be able to perform the essential tasks listed and/or assigned, and (3) are subject to Board policies as they may be changed from time-to-time at the Board’s sole discretion.

Paraprofessionals and Teacher Aides

“Paraprofessionals” and “teacher aides” are non-certificated personnel with instructional duties; the terms are synonymous.  Service as a paraprofessional or teacher aide requires a “statement of approval” issued by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).  A paraprofessional or teacher aide first employed in a program for students with disabilities on or before June 30, 2005, shall be subject to this requirement as of July 1, 2007.

A paraprofessional or teacher aide in a targeted assistance program that is paid with federal funds under Title I, Part A, or in a school-wide program that is supported with such funds, shall hold a “statement of approval,” issued by the ISBE, for this purpose.

Individuals with only non-instructional duties (e.g., providing technical support for computers, providing personal care services, or performing clerical duties) are not paraprofessionals or teacher aides and the requirements in this section do not apply.  In addition, individuals who are completing their clinical experiences and/or student teaching do not need to comply with this section, provided they otherwise qualify for instructional duties under ISBE rules.

Non-certificated and Unlicensed Personnel Working with Students Performing Non-Instructional Duties

Non-certificated and Unlicensed personnel, including paraprofessionals and teacher aides, may be used:

1.    for supervising study halls, long-distance teaching reception areas used incident to instructional programs transmitted by electronic media (e.g., computers, video, and audio), detention and discipline areas, and school-sponsored extracurricular activities;

2.    as supervisors, chaperones, or sponsors for non-academic school activities; or

3.    for non-teaching duties not requiring instructional judgment or student evaluation.

Nothing in this policy prevents a non-certificated person from serving as a guest lecturer or resource person under a certificated teacher’s direction and with the administration’s approval.

Coaches and Athletic Trainers

Athletic coaches and trainers shall have the qualifications required by the Illinois High School Association.  All coaches must successfully complete a District-approved coach training program.  This program shall include an annual orientation on Board policies, coaching principles, and sport first aide.  The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that all coaches have completed appropriate training programs.  Anyone performing athletic training services shall be licensed under the Illinois Athletic Trainers Practice Act, be an athletic trainer aide performing care activities under the onsite supervision of a licensed athletic trainer, or otherwise be qualified to perform athletic trainer activities under State law.

Bus Drivers

All school bus drivers must have a valid school bus driver permit. New bus drivers and bus drivers who are returning from a lapse in their employment are subject to the requirements contained in Board policy 5.30, Hiring Process and Criteria and Board policy 5.285, Drug and Alcohol Testing for School Bus and Commercial Vehicle Drivers.

LEGAL REF.:        34 C.F.R. §§ 200.58 and 200.59.

105 ILCS 5/10-22.34, 5/10-22.34a, and 5/10-22.34b.

625 ILCS 5/6-104 and 5/6-106.1.

23 Ill. Adm. Code Subpart G: The Utilization of Teacher Aides and Other Noncertified Personnel.

CROSS REF.:      4:110, 4:170, 5:30, 5:285, 6:250

ADOPTED:     October 4, 1999

REVISED:       August 19, 2002; October 30, 2003; January 27, 2005; December 22, 2016 (legal reference update only)

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