The Illinois State Board of Education is firmly committed to promoting policies that create a safe and inclusive environment for each and every student across Illinois. This commitment is best evidenced by the theme and content of our Every Student Succeeds Act state plan. ISBE intends to provide school districts with information regarding evidence-based best practices and sample policies regarding student discipline, equal opportunity, social-emotional learning and other key facets of the work that must be accomplished to create the safe and inclusive school environment our students deserve. This page is designed to serve such purposes and includes policies developed by school districts within the context of their school communities. While these policies are consistent with the goal of providing a safe and inclusive environment, ISBE is not affirming the legality of these resources and recommends that any school district developing its own policy base such policy on the unique aspects of its own school community and in consultation with legal counsel.
Schools should be safe and supportive environments conducive to teaching and learning for educators and students. On the path to creating this culture, schools should rely less on exclusionary discipline techniques (e.g. suspensions and expulsions) and instead utilize methods that focus on the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of all students.