SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 185
October 8, 1999
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Truancy and Compulsory School Attendance|
This memo is to bring to your attention legislation enacted by the 1999 General Assembly that amends the Code of Virginia related to truancy and compulsory school attendance (22.1-258) and reporting requirements for nonattendance (22.1-260 subsection B). A copy of the bill is attached for your information. HB 1817 amends the Code in the following ways: *Requires principals or their designees, after a pupil has been absent for five days for the school year without indication of the parent's awareness and support of such absence, to make a reasonable effort to ensure that direct contact is made with the parent to obtain an explanation for the nonattendance and explain to the parents the consequences of continued nonattendance. *Requires a conference to be scheduled within ten school days, after the pupil accumulates six absences in the school year, to resolve issues related to the pupil's nonattendance. The pupil's parent and school personnel shall participate in the conference. The conference shall be held no later than fifteen school days after the sixth absence. *Empowers attendance officers to enforce these new provisions by making a complaint with the juvenile and domestic relations court, alleging the student is a child in need of supervision or instituting proceedings against the parent relating to violations of the compulsory school attendance law (18.2-371 or 22.1-262), when the child has accumulated seven absences in the school year. *Directs principals to report annually to the division superintendent the number of pupils by grade level for whom a conference between the pupil, the pupil's parent and school personnel has been scheduled. The division superintendent shall report this information annually to the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Attached is a table identifying the data that you should maintain to comply with the provisions of this legislation. The actual collection of the data will be part of the annual school report, statistical section. Do not return the table. If you have questions, please contact William Stallings at (804)371-2413 or firstname.lastname@example.org. PDS/wrs Attachment: A hard copy of this memo and its attachment will be sent to the superintendent's office. .