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File No. 390

    February Session, 2018

Substitute Senate Bill No. 363

Senate, April 10, 2018

The Committee on Education reported through SEN. SLOSSBERG of the 14th Dist. and SEN. BOUCHER of the 26th Dist., Chairpersons of the Committee on the part of the Senate, that the substitute bill ought to pass.

AN ACT CONCERNING A DEFINITION OF IMMUNIZATION RECORDS RELATED ABSENCE AND ITS EXCLUSION FROM THE CALCULATION OF A SCHOOL OR DISTRICT'S CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM RATE.

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

Section 1. Section 10-198b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2018):

On or before July 1, 2012, the State Board of Education shall define "excused absence" and "unexcused absence", [and] on or before January 1, 2016, the State Board of Education shall define "disciplinary absence" [for use by local] and on or before July 1, 2019, the State Board of Education shall define "immunization records related absence" concerning the failure or inability of a parent or guardian to submit a child's immunization records to a local or regional board of education in violation of section 10-204a. Local and regional boards of education shall use such definitions for the [purposes] purpose of carrying out the provisions of section 10-198a, reporting truancy, pursuant to subsection (c) of section 10-220, and calculating the district chronic absenteeism rate and the school chronic absenteeism rate pursuant to section 10-198c, as amended by this act.

Sec. 2. Subsection (a) of section 10-198c of the 2018 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2018):

(a) As used in this section:

(1) "Chronically absent child" means a child who is enrolled in a school under the jurisdiction of a local or regional board of education and whose total number of absences at any time during a school year is equal to or greater than ten per cent of the total number of days that such student has been enrolled at such school during such school year;

(2) "Absence" means an excused absence, unexcused absence or disciplinary absence, as those terms are defined by the State Board of Education pursuant to section 10-198b, as amended by this act. "Absence" does not include an immunization records related absence, as defined by the State Board of Education pursuant to section 10-198b, as amended by this act;

(3) "District chronic absenteeism rate" means the total number of chronically absent children under the jurisdiction of a local or regional board of education in the previous school year divided by the total number of children under the jurisdiction of such board for such school year; and

(4) "School chronic absenteeism rate" means the total number of chronically absent children for a school in the previous school year divided by the total number of children enrolled in such school for such school year.

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

Section 1

July 1, 2018

10-198b

Sec. 2

July 1, 2018

10-198c(a)

Statement of Legislative Commissioners:

Throughout the bill, references to "immunization records absence" were replaced with "immunization records related absence" for clarity.

ED

Joint Favorable Subst.

 

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill, which makes procedural changes that exclude “immunization records related absences” from the absences counted to determine whether a student is chronically absent from public school, does not result in a fiscal impact.

The Out Years

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

OLR Bill Analysis

sSB 363

AN ACT CONCERNING A DEFINITION OF IMMUNIZATION RECORDS RELATED ABSENCE AND ITS EXCLUSION FROM THE CALCULATION OF A SCHOOL OR DISTRICT'S CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM RATE.

SUMMARY

This bill excludes “immunization records related absences” from the absences counted to determine whether a student is chronically absent from public school. Under current law, if a student's excused, unexcused, and disciplinary absences total 10% or more of the total enrollment days, then the student is chronically absent. The law requires schools and districts with certain rates of chronically absent students to undertake intervention efforts to reduce these rates.

Additionally, the bill requires the State Board of Education to define the term “immunization records related absence” by July 1, 2019, relating to a parent or guardian's failure to submit a student's immunization records to a local or regional board of education as required by law.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2018

BACKGROUND

Immunization Requirement for School Enrollment

By law, local and regional boards of education must require students to be immunized against various communicable diseases as required by the Department of Public Health's active immunization schedule in order to enroll in school. The law allows for (1) an exemption from this requirement on religious grounds or due to a potential adverse medical reaction (2) a temporary waiver from this requirement in the event of a nationwide vaccine shortage (CGS 10-204a).

COMMITTEE ACTION

Education Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

35

Nay

0

(03/23/2018)

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