HOUSE BILL No. 1327
DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Citations Affected: IC 20-33-2-27.
Synopsis: Reporting student absence from school. Requires the parent
of a child to notify the child's school when the child will be absent.
Effective: July 1, 2010.
Yarde, Bell, Friend, Goodin
January 13, 2010, read first time and referred to Committee on Education.
Second Regular Session 116th General Assembly (2010)
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HOUSE BILL No. 1327
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 20-33-2-27; (10)IN1327.1.1. -->
SECTION 1. IC 20-33-2-27, AS ADDED BY P.L.1-2005,
SECTION 17, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE
JULY 1, 2010]: Sec. 27. (a) It is unlawful for a parent to fail to ensure
that the parent's child attends school as required under this chapter.
(b) It is unlawful for the parent of a child who attends school to
knowingly or intentionally fail to report to the child's school:
(1) that the child will be absent from the school; and
(2) the reason for the child's absence.
(c) A report required under subsection (b) must be made to the
(1) in person or by telephone; and
(2) if possible, before the beginning of the school day during
which the child will be absent.
(d) A parent required to report a child's absence from school
under subsections (b) and (c):
(1) must make the report to the child's school each day that
the child is absent; or
(2) if applicable, is required to make the report only on the
first day of the child's absence if the parent, on the first day of
the child's absence, reports to the school how many days the
child will be absent.
Before proceedings are instituted against a parent for a
violation of this section, personal notice of the violation shall be served
on the parent by the superintendent or the superintendent's designee:
(1) having jurisdiction over the public school where the child has
legal settlement; or
(2) of the transferee corporation, if the child has been transferred.
Personal notice must consist of and take place at the time of
the occurrence of one of the following events:
(1) The date of personal delivery of notice.
(2) The date of receipt of the notice sent by certified mail.
(3) The date of leaving notice at the last and usual place of the
residence of the parent.
If the violation is not terminated not more than one (1) school day after
this notice is given, or if another violation is committed during the
notice period, no further notice is necessary. Each day of violation
constitutes a separate offense.