HB 1170 promotes attendance and reduces truancy by maintaining and facilitating court-based and school-based efforts. The bill does the following: 1. Allows assessment tools, other than the WARNS to be used to eliminate or reduce the youth’s absences; 2. Requires that all school districts must report to the office of the superintendent of public instruction, in addition to the current requirement to report to the local juvenile court, a person or persons identified to coordinate school district efforts to address excessive absenteeism and truancy; and 3. Changes the circumstances under which a court may order temporary placement in a crisis residential center or a HOPE center to when the court determines there is an immediate health and safety concern or a family conflict with the need for medication.
This bill was passed out of the House Judiciary Committee and had a public hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations. It is scheduled for executive session in Appropriations on Feb 24th at 10:00 AM.