Truancy Troubles: Understanding the Legal Issues and Dealing with Chronically-Absent Students
Absenteeism can cause significant problems for school systems. High rates of absenteeism within a school system can have a negative impact on student test scores, ultimately affecting the school’s accountability rating. Chronic absenteeism can also have a devastating impact on a student’s academic success. Students who are chronically absent from school for medical reasons may have rights under Section 504 and/or the IDEA and may be entitled to disability-related accommodations. In addition, students who are chronically-absent for non-medical reasons can often develop anxiety and school-phobia symptoms that may ultimately result in disability rights protections. Overall, truancy is not only disruptive to the individual but to the classroom as a whole.
Please join Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq., an experienced school law attorney, as she examines the issue of truancy and its impact on schools and individual students. She will examine the interplay between disability and truancy and provide effective solutions to common issues related to individual student absenteeism. In addition, she will provide best-practice tips and tools for addressing the significant issue of chronic absenteeism on a school-wide basis.
Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:
- Nationwide trends in student absenteeism
- Implications of chronic absenteeism under the ESSA
- School obligations, and the risk of liability under Section 504 and IDEA with regards to chronically-absent students
- Best-practice tips for dealing physicians and multiple, vague, or otherwise problematic doctors’ notes
- Policy and procedural practices designed to reduce the instances and average duration of chronic absenteeism
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