Connecticut Seal

General Assembly

 

Substitute Bill No. 5307

    February Session, 2016

 

*_____HB05307ED____031516____*

AN ACT PROHIBITING THE UNREASONABLE DELAY OF ENROLLING A CHILD IN KINDERGARTEN.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 10-184 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2016):

All parents and those who have the care of children shall bring them up in some lawful and honest employment and instruct them or cause them to be instructed in reading, writing, spelling, English grammar, geography, arithmetic and United States history and in citizenship, including a study of the town, state and federal governments. Subject to the provisions of this section and section 10-15c, each parent or other person having control of a child five years of age and over and under eighteen years of age shall cause such child to attend a public school regularly during the hours and terms the public school in the district in which such child resides is in session, unless such child is a high school graduate or the parent or person having control of such child is able to show that the child is elsewhere receiving equivalent instruction in the studies taught in the public schools. For the school year commencing July 1, 2011, and each school year thereafter, the parent or person having control of a child seventeen years of age may consent, as provided in this section, to such child's withdrawal from school. Such parent or person shall personally appear at the school district office and sign a withdrawal form. Such withdrawal form shall include an attestation from a guidance counselor or school administrator of the school that such school district has provided such parent or person with information on the educational options available in the school system and in the community. The parent or person having control of a child five years of age shall have the option of not sending the child to school until the child is six years of age and the parent or person having control of a child six years of age shall [have the option of not sending the] not be required to send the child to school until the child is seven years of age if (1) a physician, licensed pursuant to chapter 370, certifies that the child should not attend school until age seven, or (2) the child has been identified as having a developmental delay, as defined in section 10-76a, in a birth-to-three program, under Part C of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, 20 USC 1400 et seq., as amended from time to time, or in a preschool program, under Part B of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, 20 USC 1400 et seq., as amended from time to time. The parent or person shall exercise such option by personally appearing at the school district office and signing an option form. The school district shall provide the parent or person with information on the educational opportunities available in the school system.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2016

10-184

ED

Joint Favorable Subst.