Bill Text: IL HB3507 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Engrossed


Bill Title: Amends the Compulsory Attendance Article of the School Code. Allows a child to be absent from school on a particular day or days or at a particular time of day for the reason that his or her parent or legal guardian is an active duty member of the uniformed services and has been called to duty for, is on leave from, or has immediately returned from deployment to a combat zone or combat-support postings. Provides that such a student shall be granted 10 days of excused absences in any school year and, at the discretion of the school board, additional excused absences to visit the student's parent or legal guardian relative to such leave or deployment of the parent or legal guardian. Requires the student and parent or legal guardian to obtain assignments from the student's teacher prior to any period of excused absence and for ensuring that such assignments are completed by the student prior to his or her return to school from such period of excused absence. Effective immediately.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 9-1)

Status: (Engrossed) 2017-04-20 - Referred to Assignments [HB3507 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-HB3507-Engrossed.html



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1 AN ACT concerning education.
2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4 Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
526-1 as follows:
6 (105 ILCS 5/26-1) (from Ch. 122, par. 26-1)
7 Sec. 26-1. Compulsory school age-Exemptions. Whoever has
8custody or control of any child (i) between the ages of 7 and
917 years (unless the child has already graduated from high
10school) for school years before the 2014-2015 school year or
11(ii) between the ages of 6 (on or before September 1) and 17
12years (unless the child has already graduated from high school)
13beginning with the 2014-2015 school year shall cause such child
14to attend some public school in the district wherein the child
15resides the entire time it is in session during the regular
16school term, except as provided in Section 10-19.1, and during
17a required summer school program established under Section
1810-22.33B; provided, that the following children shall not be
19required to attend the public schools:
20 1. Any child attending a private or a parochial school
21 where children are taught the branches of education taught
22 to children of corresponding age and grade in the public
23 schools, and where the instruction of the child in the

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1 branches of education is in the English language;
2 2. Any child who is physically or mentally unable to
3 attend school, such disability being certified to the
4 county or district truant officer by a competent physician
5 licensed in Illinois to practice medicine and surgery in
6 all its branches, a chiropractic physician licensed under
7 the Medical Practice Act of 1987, a licensed advanced
8 practice nurse, a licensed physician assistant, or a
9 Christian Science practitioner residing in this State and
10 listed in the Christian Science Journal; or who is excused
11 for temporary absence for cause by the principal or teacher
12 of the school which the child attends; the exemptions in
13 this paragraph (2) do not apply to any female who is
14 pregnant or the mother of one or more children, except
15 where a female is unable to attend school due to a
16 complication arising from her pregnancy and the existence
17 of such complication is certified to the county or district
18 truant officer by a competent physician;
19 3. Any child necessarily and lawfully employed
20 according to the provisions of the law regulating child
21 labor may be excused from attendance at school by the
22 county superintendent of schools or the superintendent of
23 the public school which the child should be attending, on
24 certification of the facts by and the recommendation of the
25 school board of the public school district in which the
26 child resides. In districts having part time continuation

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1 schools, children so excused shall attend such schools at
2 least 8 hours each week;
3 4. Any child over 12 and under 14 years of age while in
4 attendance at confirmation classes;
5 5. Any child absent from a public school on a
6 particular day or days or at a particular time of day for
7 the reason that he is unable to attend classes or to
8 participate in any examination, study or work requirements
9 on a particular day or days or at a particular time of day,
10 because the tenets of his religion forbid secular activity
11 on a particular day or days or at a particular time of day.
12 Each school board shall prescribe rules and regulations
13 relative to absences for religious holidays including, but
14 not limited to, a list of religious holidays on which it
15 shall be mandatory to excuse a child; but nothing in this
16 paragraph 5 shall be construed to limit the right of any
17 school board, at its discretion, to excuse an absence on
18 any other day by reason of the observance of a religious
19 holiday. A school board may require the parent or guardian
20 of a child who is to be excused from attending school due
21 to the observance of a religious holiday to give notice,
22 not exceeding 5 days, of the child's absence to the school
23 principal or other school personnel. Any child excused from
24 attending school under this paragraph 5 shall not be
25 required to submit a written excuse for such absence after
26 returning to school;

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1 6. Any child 16 years of age or older who (i) submits
2 to a school district evidence of necessary and lawful
3 employment pursuant to paragraph 3 of this Section and (ii)
4 is enrolled in a graduation incentives program pursuant to
5 Section 26-16 of this Code or an alternative learning
6 opportunities program established pursuant to Article 13B
7 of this Code; and
8 7. A child in any of grades 6 through 12 absent from a
9 public school on a particular day or days or at a
10 particular time of day for the purpose of sounding "Taps"
11 at a military honors funeral held in this State for a
12 deceased veteran. In order to be excused under this
13 paragraph 7, the student shall notify the school's
14 administration at least 2 days prior to the date of the
15 absence and shall provide the school's administration with
16 the date, time, and location of the military honors
17 funeral. The school's administration may waive this 2-day
18 notification requirement if the student did not receive at
19 least 2 days advance notice, but the student shall notify
20 the school's administration as soon as possible of the
21 absence. A student whose absence is excused under this
22 paragraph 7 shall be counted as if the student attended
23 school for purposes of calculating the average daily
24 attendance of students in the school district. A student
25 whose absence is excused under this paragraph 7 must be
26 allowed a reasonable time to make up school work missed

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1 during the absence. If the student satisfactorily
2 completes the school work, the day of absence shall be
3 counted as a day of compulsory attendance and he or she may
4 not be penalized for that absence; and .
5 8. Any child absent from a public school on a
6 particular day or days or at a particular time of day for
7 the reason that his or her parent or legal guardian is an
8 active duty member of the uniformed services and has been
9 called to duty for, is on leave from, or has immediately
10 returned from deployment to a combat zone or combat-support
11 postings. Such a student shall be granted 5 days of excused
12 absences in any school year and, at the discretion of the
13 school board, additional excused absences to visit the
14 student's parent or legal guardian relative to such leave
15 or deployment of the parent or legal guardian. In the case
16 of excused absences pursuant to this paragraph 8, the
17 student and parent or legal guardian shall be responsible
18 for obtaining assignments from the student's teacher prior
19 to any period of excused absence and for ensuring that such
20 assignments are completed by the student prior to his or
21 her return to school from such period of excused absence.
22(Source: P.A. 98-544, eff. 7-1-14; 99-173, eff. 7-29-15;
2399-804, eff. 1-1-17.)
24 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
25becoming law.
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