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2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
April 15, 2015 - Introduced by Senators Harris Dodd, Farrow, Lassa, Nass, Olsen,
Vukmir, Wanggaard, L. Taylor, LeMahieu and Darling, cosponsored by
Representatives Genrich, Kitchens, Kolste, Young, Kulp, Tittl, Subeck,
Pope, Quinn, Steffen, Berceau, Considine, Goyke, Kahl, E. Brooks,
Brandtjen and Ballweg. Referred to Committee on Education Reform and
Government Operations.
SB122,1,2 1An Act to amend 118.16 (2) (c) and 118.16 (2) (cg) (intro.) of the statutes;
2relating to: method for notifying parent or guardian of habitually truant pupil.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the school attendance officer of a school district (attendance
officer) must notify the parent or guardian of a pupil who has been absent from school
without an excuse for two full school days of the child's truancy. The attendance
officer may provide that notice by personal contact or through a telephone call, or,
if the attendance officer is unable to make contact with the parent or guardian, by
mail. Also under current law, the attendance officer must notify the parent or
guardian of a pupil who is a habitual truant of the pupil's habitual truancy by
certified or registered mail. Current law defines a habitual truant as a pupil who is
absent from school without an acceptable excuse for part or all of five or more school
days during a school semester.
This bill adds notice by first class mail to the methods of notifying the parent
or guardian of a habitual truant. The bill also permits the attendance officer to
simultaneously notify the parent or guardian by an electronic communication.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
SB122,1 3Section 1. 118.16 (2) (c) of the statutes is amended to read:
1118.16 (2) (c) Except as provided under pars. (cg) and (cr), shall notify the
2parent or guardian of a child who has been truant of the child's truancy and direct
3the parent or guardian to return the child to school no later than the next day on
4which school is in session or to provide an excuse under s. 118.15. The notice under
5this paragraph shall be given before the end of the 2nd school day after receiving a
6report of an unexcused absence. The notice may be made by personal contact, 1st
mail, or telephone call of which a written record is kept, except that notice by
8personal contact or telephone call shall be attempted before notice by 1st class mail
9may be given.
SB122,2 10Section 2. 118.16 (2) (cg) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB122,2,1511 118.16 (2) (cg) (intro.) Shall notify the parent or guardian of a child who is a
12habitual truant, by registered or certified mail or by 1st class mail, when the child
13initially becomes a habitual truant. The school attendance officer may
14simultaneously notify the parent or guardian of the habitually truant child by an
15electronic communication.
The notice shall include all of the following:
SB122,2,1616 (End)