SB5153 requires the implementation of tiered supports in public schools to reduce absences and the number of students that are referred to juvenile court for truancy, with the goal of improving student social-emotional well-being and academic success.
Among other provisions, SB5153 refers to students in schools as “students” instead of “children.” In addition, the board to oversee student absences will now be a community “engagement board” as opposed to community “truancy board.”
The bill also requires parents and guardians to be informed, in a language the parent or guardian understands, each day the student is absent without communication from the parent or guardian.
The community engagement board and members of the local school community, will facilitate communication about student concerns and engagement when necessary with parents or caregivers, juvenile court, and the school district. When necessary, the community engagement board also will facilitate research-based intervention and support services, including disability services, to improve student outcomes.
The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction will allocate grant funds for community engagement boards to pay for training for board members or the provision of services and treatment to students and their families.
*Companion bill HB1113