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5 This act clarifies a provision regarding parental response in truancy situations.
6 This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
8 53A-11-101, as last amended by Chapter 99, Laws of Utah 1999
9 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
10 Section 1. Section 53A-11-101 is amended to read:
11 53A-11-101. Responsibility for minor required to attend school -- Penalty for
13 (1) For purposes of this part:
14 (a) "Habitual truant" is a school-age minor who has received more than two truancy
15 citations within one school year from the school in which the minor is or should be enrolled and
16 eight absences without a legitimate or valid excuse or who, in defiance of efforts on the part of
17 school authorities to resolve a student's attendance problem as required under Section 53A-11-103 ,
18 refuses to regularly attend school or any scheduled period of the school day.
19 (b) "Minor" means a person under the age of 18 years.
20 (c) "Parent" includes:
21 (i) a custodial parent of the minor;
22 (ii) a legally appointed guardian of a minor; or
23 (iii) any other person purporting to exercise any authority over the minor which could be
24 exercised by persons listed under Subsections (1)(c)(i) and (ii) [
25 (d) "School-age minor" means a minor who has reached the age of six years but has not
26 reached the age of [
27 (e) "Truancy citation" is an administrative notice to a truant minor requiring an appearance
28 before the school truancy control officer or body from which the minor is truant.
29 (f) "Truant minor" is any school-age minor who is subject to the state's compulsory
30 education law and who is absent from school without a legitimate or valid excuse.
31 (2) A parent shall enroll and send a school-age minor to a public or regularly established
32 private school during the school year of the district in which the minor resides.
33 (3) It is a class B misdemeanor for a parent to knowingly:
34 (a) fail to enroll a school-age minor in school; or
35 (b) refuse to [
36 which is delivered to the parent pursuant to the provisions of Subsection 53A-11-103 (1)(b) by a
37 local school board or school district.
37a h (4) FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, "COOPERATE WITH SCHOOL AUTHORITIES"
37b MEANS TO TAKE REASONABLE STEPS TO WORK WITH SCHOOL AUTHORITIES TO RESOLVE A
37c MINOR'S TRUANCY BY EITHER MEETING WITH SCHOOL OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS THE ISSUE OR BY
37d PROVIDING THE SCHOOL WITH INFORMATION TO ENABLE THE SCHOOL TO WORK WITH THE
37e STUDENT TO RESOLVE A TRUANCY PROBLEM. IT DOES NOT, HOWEVER, REQUIRE THAT THE
37f PARENT AGREE WITH THE SCHOOL'S ASSESSMENT. h
38 h [
39 been declared by the local school board to be exempt from school attendance in conformity with
40 Section 53A-11-102 .
41 h [
42 to the appropriate city, county, or district attorney.
Legislative Review Note
as of 11-7-01 12:09 PM
A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.