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H.B. 392 Enrolled

    

TRUANCY PREVENTION APPROPRIATION

    
1997 GENERAL SESSION

    
STATE OF UTAH

    
Sponsor: Jeff Alexander

    AN ACT RELATING TO THE STATE SYSTEM OF PUBLIC EDUCATION; DESCRIBING
    TRUANCY SUPPORT CENTERS; APPROPRIATING $100,000 TO THE STATE
    BOARD OF EDUCATION FOR GRANTS TO DISTRICTS THAT MAY WANT TO
    ESTABLISH A TRUANCY SUPPORT CENTER; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE
    DATE.
    This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
    ENACTS:
         53A-11-106, Utah Code Annotated 1953
    Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
        Section 1. Section 53A-11-106 is enacted to read:
         53A-11-106. Truancy support centers.
        (1) A school district may establish one or more truancy support centers for:
        (a) truant students taken into custody under Section 53A-11-105; or
        (b) students suspended or expelled from school.
        (2) A truancy support center shall provide a wide spectrum of services to the truant student
    and the student's family, including:
        (a) assessments of the student's needs and abilities;
        (b) support for the parents and student through counseling and community programs; and
        (c) tutoring for the student during the time spent at the center.
        (3) For the suspended or expelled student, the truancy support center shall provide an
    educational setting, staffed with certified teachers and aides, to provide the student with ongoing
    educational programming appropriate to their grade level.
        (4) In a district with a truancy support center, all students suspended or expelled from
    school shall be referred to the center. A parent or guardian shall appear with the student at the
    center within 48 hours of the suspension or expulsion, not including weekends or holidays. The


    student shall register and attend classes at the truancy support center for the duration of the
    suspension or expulsion unless the parent or guardian demonstrates that alternative arrangements
    have been made for the education or supervision of the student during the time of suspension or
    expulsion.
        (5) The truancy support center may provide counseling and other support programming for
    students suspended or expelled from school and their parents or guardian.
        Section 2. Appropriation.
        There is appropriated $100,000 from the General Fund for fiscal year 1997-98 to the State
    Board of Education to provide grants to school districts to provide and staff truancy support centers.
        Section 3. Effective date.
        This act takes effect on July 1, 1997.

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