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(105 ILCS 5/34-4.5)
(a) Socio-emotional focused attendance intervention. The chief executive officer or the chief executive officer's designee shall implement a socio-emotional focused attendance approach that targets the underlying causes of chronic truancy. For each pupil identified as a chronic truant, as defined in Section 26-2a of this Code, the board may establish an individualized student attendance plan to identify and resolve the underlying cause of the pupil's chronic truancy.
(b) Notices. Prior to the implementation of any truancy intervention services pursuant to subsection (d) of this Section, the
the school attended by the pupil or the principal's designee shall notify the
pupil's parent or guardian by personal visit, letter, or telephone of each
unexcused absence of the pupil. After giving the parent or guardian notice of
the tenth unexcused absence of the pupil, the principal or the principal's
designee shall send the pupil's parent or guardian a letter, by certified mail,
return receipt requested, notifying the parent or guardian that he or she is
subjecting himself or herself to truancy intervention services as provided under
subsection (d) of this Section.
(d) Truancy intervention services. The chief executive officer or the chief executive officer's designee may require the pupil or the pupil's
parent or guardian or both the pupil and the pupil's parent or guardian to do
any or all of the following: complete a parenting education program;
obtain counseling or other supportive services; and comply with an
educational plan or service plan as provided by appropriate school officials.
If the parent or guardian of the chronic truant shows that he or she
took reasonable steps to ensure attendance of the pupil at school, he or she
shall not be required to perform services.
(e) Non-compliance with services. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, if a pupil determined by the chief executive officer or the chief executive officer's designee to be a chronic truant or the parent or guardian of the pupil fails to fully participate in the services offered
under subsection (d)
of this Section, the chief executive officer or the chief executive officer's designee may refer the
matter to the Department of Human Services, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, or any other applicable organization or State agency for socio-emotional based intervention and prevention services. Additionally, if the circumstances regarding a pupil identified as a chronic truant reasonably indicate that the pupil may be subject to abuse or neglect, apart from truancy, the chief executive officer or the chief executive officer's designee must report any findings that support suspected abuse or neglect to the Department of Children and Family Services pursuant to the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. A State agency that receives a referral may enter into a data sharing agreement with the school district to share applicable student referral and case data. A State agency that receives a referral from the school district shall implement an intake process that may include a consent form that allows the agency to share information with the school district.
(f) Limitation on applicability. Nothing in this Section shall be construed
to apply to a parent or guardian of a pupil not required to attend a public
school pursuant to Section 26-1.
(Source: P.A. 102-456, eff. 1-1-22; 102-813, eff. 5-13-22.)