5:280 - Non-Certified Duties and Qualifications

Policy 5:280

Non-Certified Duties and 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 provide supervised instructional support. Service as a paraprofessional requires an educator license with stipulations endorsed for a paraprofessional educator unless a specific exemption is authorized by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

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

Non-Certificated Personnel Working with Students Performing Non-Instructional Duties

Non-certificated personnel performing non-instructional duties 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.


Athletic coaches shall have the qualifications required by any association in which the District maintains a membership. Regardless of whether the athletic activity is governed by an association, the Superintendent or designee shall ensure that each athletic coach: (1) is knowledgeable regarding coaching principles, (2) has first aid training, (3) has Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and (4) is a trained Automated External Defibrillator user according to rules adopted by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Adopted: February 19, 2008
Revise: February 24, 2020

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