Sponsored by Representative Magendanz, HB 1477 states that if a six or seven year old child is required to attend public school and has unexcused absences, the school “may” (amended from “shall”) inform the child’s parent or guardian by a notice, which may be an email, to request a conference to be conducted by telephone or in person, and to take steps to eliminate or reduce the child’s absences. If the child is enrolled in the sixth grade or above, the school “shall” do the above. If the child is enrolled in the fifth grade or below, the school “may” do the above. If a school is not successful in reducing the absences of a student under the age of 17, the school district “may” (amended from “shall”) file a petition for civil action.
Substitute bill: The substitute bill removed the requirement that school districts must file a truancy petition when a student who is 6 or 7 years old has seven unexcused absences in a month or 10 unexcused absences in a year.