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R277. Education, Administration.

Rule R277-607. Truancy Prevention.

As in effect on October 1, 2014

Table of Contents

R277-607-1. Definitions.

A. "Absence" means a student's non-attendance at school for one school day or part of one school day.

B. "Habitual truant" means a school-age minor who:

(1) is at least 12 years old;

(2) is subject to the requirements of Section 53A-11-101.5; and

(3)(a) is truant at least ten times during one school year; and

(b) fails to cooperate with efforts on the part of school authorities to resolve the minor's attendance problem as required under Section 53A-11-103.

C. "Habitual truant citation" is a citation issued only consistent with Section 53A-11-101.7.

D. "IEP team" means an local education agency representative, a parent, a regular and special education educator, and person qualified to interpret evaluation results, in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

E. "Truant" means absent without a valid excuse.

F. "Unexcused absence" means a student's absence from school for reasons other than those authorized under the school or district policy.

G. "USOE" means the Utah State Office of Education.

H. "Valid excuse" means an excuse for an absence from school consistent with Section 53A-11-101(9) and may include:

(1) illness;

(2) family death;

(3) approved school activity;

(4) excuse consistent with student's IEP, Section 504 accommodation plan, or a school/school district valid excuse definition.

R277-607-2. Authority and Purpose.

A. This rule is authorized by Utah Constitution Article X, Section 3 which vests general control and supervision of public education in the Board, Section 53A-1-401(3) which permits the Board to adopt rules in accordance with its responsibilities, and Sections 53A-11-101 through 53A-11-106 which direct educational entities and parents working on behalf of children to encourage compliance with the compulsory education law, school attendance for all students, and cooperation in these important efforts.

B. The purpose of this rule is to direct schools/school districts and charter schools to establish procedures for:

(1) informing parents about compulsory education laws;

(2) encouraging and monitoring school attendance consistent with the law; and

(3) providing firm consequences for noncompliance.

C. This rule encourages meaningful incentives for parental responsibility and directs school districts and charter schools to establish ongoing truancy prevention procedures in schools especially for students in grades 1-8.

R277-607-3. General Provisions.

A. Each local school board and charter school board shall develop a truancy policy that encourages regular, punctual attendance of students, consistent with this rule and 53A-11-101 through 53A-11-105 and shall review the policy annually.

B. Local school boards and charter school boards shall annually review attendance data and consider revisions to policies to encourage student attendance.

C. The local school board and charter school board truancy policy shall be available for review by parents or interested parties.

D. Habitual truant citations may be issued to students consistent with Section 53A-11-101.7.

R277-607-4. School/School District and Charter School Responsibilities.

A. School districts and charter schools shall:

(1) establish definitions not provided in law or this rule necessary to implement a compulsory attendance policy;

(2) include definitions of approved school activity under Section 53A-11-101(9)(c) and excused absence to be provided locally under Section 53A-11-101(9)(e);

(3) include criteria and procedures for preapproval of extended absences consistent with Section 53A- 11-101.3; and

(4) establish programs and meaningful incentives which promote regular, punctual student attendance.

B. School districts and charter schools shall include in their policies provisions for:

(1) notice to parents of the policy;

(2) notice to parents as discipline or consequences progress; and

(3) opportunity to appeal disciplinary measures.

C. School districts and charter schools shall establish and publish procedures by which school-age minors or their parents may contest notices of truancy.

R277-607-5. Parent Responsibilities.

Parents of school-age minors shall cooperate with school boards and charter school boards to secure regular attendance at school by school-age minors for whom they are responsible.

KEY

compulsory education, truancy

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

October 10, 2007

Notice of Continuation

September 2, 2014

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

Art X Sec 3; 53A-1-401(3); 53A-11-101 through 53A-11-105


Additional Information

Contact

For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R277, please contact the promulgating agency (Education, Administration). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.