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7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies provisions relating to habitual truants.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 . requires a school board, charter board, or school district to issue a habitual truant
13 citation to a habitual truant if reasonable efforts have been taken to resolve the
14 school attendance problem and the efforts have not been successful; and
15 . makes technical changes.
16 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
18 Other Special Clauses:
20 Utah Code Sections Affected:
22 53A-11-101.7, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 81
23 53A-11-103, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 3
25 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
26 Section 1. Section 53A-11-101.7 is amended to read:
27 53A-11-101.7. Truancy -- Notice of truancy -- Failure to cooperate with school
28 authorities -- Habitual truant citation.
29 (1) Except as provided in Section 53A-11-102 or 53A-11-102.5 , a school-age minor
30 who is enrolled in a public school shall attend the public school in which the school-age minor
31 is enrolled.
32 (2) A local school board, local charter board, or school district may impose
33 administrative penalties on a school-age minor who is truant.
34 (3) A local school board or local charter board:
35 (a) may authorize a school administrator, a designee of a school administrator, or a
36 truancy specialist to issue notices of truancy to school-age minors who are at least 12 years old;
38 (b) shall establish a procedure for a school-age minor, or the school-age minor's
39 parents, to contest a notice of truancy.
40 (4) The notice of truancy described in Subsection (3):
41 (a) may not be issued until the school-age minor has been truant at least five times
42 during the school year;
43 (b) may not be issued to a school-age minor who is less than 12 years old;
44 (c) shall direct the school-age minor and the parent of the school-age minor to:
45 (i) meet with school authorities to discuss the school-age minor's truancies; and
46 (ii) cooperate with the school board, local charter board, or school district in securing
47 regular attendance by the school-age minor; and
48 (d) shall be mailed to, or served on, the school-age minor's parent.
49 (5) A habitual truant citation [
50 (a) the local school board, local charter board, or school district has made reasonable
51 efforts, under Section 53A-11-103 , to resolve the school attendance problems of the habitual
52 truant; and
53 (b) the efforts to resolve the school attendance problems, described in Subsection
54 (5)(a), have not been successful.
55 (6) A habitual truant to whom a habitual truant citation is issued under Subsection (5):
56 (a) shall be referred to the juvenile court for violation of Subsection (1); and
57 (b) is subject to the jurisdiction of the juvenile court.
58 (7) A notice of truancy or a habitual truant citation may only be issued by:
59 (a) a school administrator, or a truancy specialist, who is authorized by a local school
60 board or local charter board; or
61 (b) a designee of a school administrator described in Subsection (7)(a).
62 (8) Nothing in this part prohibits a local school board, local charter board, or school
63 district from taking action to resolve a truancy problem with a school-age minor who has been
64 truant less than five times, provided that the action does not conflict with the requirements of
65 this part.
66 Section 2. Section 53A-11-103 is amended to read:
67 53A-11-103. Duties of a school board, local charter board, or school district in
68 resolving attendance problems -- Parental involvement -- Liability not imposed.
69 (1) A local school board, local charter board, or school district shall make efforts to
70 resolve the school attendance problems of each school-age minor who is, or should be, enrolled
71 in the school district.
72 (2) The efforts described in Subsection (1) shall include, as reasonably feasible:
73 (a) counseling of the minor by school authorities;
74 (b) issuing a notice of truancy to a school-age minor who is at least 12 years old, in
75 accordance with Section 53A-11-101.7 ;
76 (c) issuing a habitual truant citation, in accordance with Section 53A-11-101.7 ;
78 child, in accordance with Section 53A-11-101.5 ;
80 special needs of the minor;
85 available to assist the parent in resolving the school-age minor's attendance problems.
86 (3) In addition to the efforts described in Subsection (2), the local school board, local
87 charter board, or school district may enlist the assistance of community and law enforcement
88 agencies as appropriate and reasonably feasible.
89 (4) This section shall not impose any civil liability on boards of education, local school
90 boards, local charter boards, school districts, or their employees.
91 (5) Proceedings initiated under this part do not obligate or preclude action by the
92 Division of Child and Family Services under Section 78A-6-319 .
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