Board Policy 4480
Student Teachers and Interns
The District shall participate in student teacher training programs and intern training program sponsored by approved colleges and universities. It shall be the responsibility of such colleges and universities to make the arrangements for the student teacher training programs.
It shall be the responsibility of the Superintendent or designee to assign student teachers and to determine the number of student teachers to be placed in the schools at any one time. Precaution shall be taken to ensure that no school or teacher is overburdened. No individual who has been convicted of a criminal offense that would subject him or her to license suspension or revocation pursuant to Section 5/21B-80 of the School Code 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.
Before permitting an individual to student teach or participate in any field experience in the District, the Superintendent or designee shall ensure that:
- The District performed a complete criminal history records check as described below; and
- 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:
- 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);
- A check of the Illinois Sex Offender Registry (see the Sex Offender Community Notification Law (730 ILCS 152/101 et seq.); and
- 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).
The School Code requires each individual student teaching or beginning a required internship to provide the District with written authorization for, and pay the costs of, his or her 105 ILCS 5/21.9(g) check (including any applicable vendor’s fees). Upon receipt of this authorization and payment, the Superintendent or designee will submit the student teacher’s name, sex, race, date of birth, social security number, fingerprint images, and other identifiers, as prescribed by the Department of State Police, to the Department of State Police. The Superintendent or designee will provide each student teacher with a copy of his or her report.
The Superintendent or designee shall be responsible for coordinating placements of all student teachers within the District. Student teachers should be assigned to supervising teachers whose qualifications are acceptable to the District and the students’ respective colleges or universities.