SENATE BILL No. 104

 

 

February 7, 2017, Introduced by Senators SCHUITMAKER and EMMONS and referred to the Committee on Families, Seniors and Human Services.

 

 

 

     A bill to amend 1976 PA 451, entitled

 

"The revised school code,"

 

by amending section 1586 (MCL 380.1586).

 

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:

 

     Sec. 1586. (1) The attendance officer or designated school

 

official shall investigate each case of nonattendance at school

 

when notified by a teacher, school district superintendent,

 

intermediate superintendent, or other person of a violation of this

 

part. If the child complained of is not exempt from public school

 

attendance under the conditions listed in section 1561, the

 

attendance officer or designated school official shall proceed

 

immediately in the manner provided in this part.

 

     (2) If a child is repeatedly absent from school without valid

 

excuse, truant or chronically absent, or is failing in schoolwork

 

or gives evidence of behavior problems, and attempts to confer with


the parent or other person in parental relationship to the child

 

fail, the school district superintendent, of schools, or the

 

intermediate superintendent in a district which that does not

 

employ a superintendent, may shall request the attendance officer

 

or designated school official to notify the parent or other person

 

in parental relationship by registered mail to come to the school

 

or to a place designated at a time specified to discuss the child's

 

irregularity in attendance, failing work, or behavior problems with

 

the proper school authorities. However, the superintendent, or the

 

intermediate superintendent in a district that does not employ a

 

superintendent, may consider the reason or reasons for a child's

 

absence, if available, and whether a lesser intervention would be

 

likely to properly address the situation before requiring a meeting

 

under this subsection. If a meeting is held under this subsection,

 

then at this meeting, school officials shall offer an attendance

 

agreement that requires the child to resume regular and consecutive

 

attendance, shall discuss consequences that will occur if the

 

attendance issue is not resolved, and may offer interventions as

 

available, including, but not limited to, mental health screening,

 

problem solving, tutoring, and mentoring. School officials shall

 

ensure that each of the child's teachers is provided with a copy of

 

the letter and attendance agreement so that they can monitor and

 

report attendance.

 

     (3) If school officials determine that the attendance issue

 

involved in the meeting under subsection (2) is not resolved or if

 

the child misses school 2 times in the next 30 days or 3 more times

 

in the next 3 months, the attendance officer or designated school


official may provide or pursue appropriate interventions. If these

 

further interventions do not resolve the attendance issue, the

 

attendance officer or designated school official shall pursue the

 

appropriate court intervention.

 

     (4) (3) The superintendent, or the teacher in a district which

 

that does not employ a superintendent, shall provide information

 

concerning the nonattendance of each nonresident pupil to the

 

intermediate superintendent of the intermediate school district in

 

which the nonresident pupil resides. The intermediate attendance

 

officer, when notified by the intermediate superintendent or school

 

district superintendent, of schools, shall investigate and proceed

 

in all cases of nonattendance of nonresident pupils in the same

 

manner provided in this part for enforcing attendance of pupils

 

attending schools in districts in which they reside.

 

     (5) As used in this section, "chronically absent" and "truant"

 

mean those terms as defined in section 1561.

 

     Enacting section 1. This amendatory act takes effect 90 days

 

after the date it is enacted into law.

 

     Enacting section 2. This amendatory act does not take effect

 

unless Senate Bill No. 103                                    

 

          of the 99th Legislature is enacted into law.