Truancy; procedures relating to intervention. (SB841)

Introduced By

Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Truancy; procedures. Makes several changes to the procedures relating to interventions when a pupil fails to report to school for a total of five scheduled school days for the school year, no indication has been received by school personnel that the pupil's parent is aware of and supports the pupil's absence, and a reasonable effort to notify the parent has failed, including (i) removing the appointed attendance officer as a party to the plan to resolve such nonattendance, (ii) permitting but not requiring the attendance officer to participate in the conference necessitated by additional absences subsequent to the development of the plan, and (iii) permitting but not requiring the attendance officer to file a complaint with the juvenile and domestic relations district court alleging the pupil is a child in need of supervision or to institute criminal proceedings against the parent pursuant to relevant law. Under current law, the attendance officer is required to participate in such conference and is also required to file such complaint and institute such proceedings in cases in which the pupil is absent for an additional school day without indication that the pupil's parent is aware of and supports the pupil's absence. This bill is identical to HB 1485. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/15/2018Presented and ordered printed 18104951D
01/15/2018Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/24/2018Assigned Education sub: Public Education
02/01/2018Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2018Committee substitute printed 18106464D-S1
02/02/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB841S1)
02/05/2018Read second time
02/05/2018Reading of substitute waived
02/05/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18106464D-S1
02/05/2018Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB841S1
02/06/2018Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2018Placed on Calendar
02/08/2018Read first time
02/08/2018Referred to Committee on Education
02/21/2018Reported from Education (17-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2018Read second time
02/26/2018Read third time
02/26/2018Passed House (79-Y 19-N)
02/26/2018VOTE: PASSAGE (79-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2018Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB841ER)
02/28/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB841ER)
02/28/2018Signed by Speaker
03/03/2018Signed by President
03/06/2018Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 6, 2018
03/06/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
03/30/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 713 (effective 7/1/18)
03/30/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0713)