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HF 4499

as introduced - 93rd Legislature (2023 - 2024) Posted on 03/07/2024 04:44pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to education; encouraging children withdrawn from school to reenroll in
an education program; notifying families of resources; amending Minnesota Statutes
2022, section 126C.05, subdivision 8, by adding a subdivision.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 126C.05, subdivision 8, is amended to read:

Subd. 8.

Average daily membership.

(a) Membership for pupils in grades kindergarten
through 12 and for prekindergarten pupils with disabilities shall mean the number of pupils
on the current roll of the school, counted from the date of entry until withdrawal. The date
of withdrawal shall mean the day the pupil permanently leaves the school or the date it is
officially known that the pupil has left or has been legally excused. However, a pupil,
regardless of age, who has been absent from school for 15 consecutive school days during
the regular school year or for five consecutive school days during summer school or
intersession classes of flexible school year programs without receiving instruction in the
home or hospital shall be dropped from the roll and classified as withdrawn. Nothing in this
section shall be construed as waiving the compulsory attendance provisions cited in section
120A.22. Average daily membership equals the sum for all pupils of the number of days
of the school year each pupil is enrolled in the district's schools divided by the number of
days the schools are in session or are providing e-learning days due to inclement weather.
Days of summer school or intersession classes of flexible school year programs are only
included in the computation of membership for pupils with a disability not appropriately
served primarily in the regular classroom. A student must not be counted as more than 1.2
pupils in average daily membership under this section and section 126C.10, subdivision 2a,
paragraph (b). When the initial total average daily membership exceeds 1.2 for a pupil
enrolled in more than one school district during the fiscal year, each district's average daily
membership must be reduced proportionately.

(b) A student must not be counted as more than one pupil in average daily membership
except for purposes of section 126C.10, subdivision 2a.

new text begin (c) A school district must notify the Department of Education of any student dropped
from its roll under paragraph (a) for absences exceeding 15 consecutive school days. The
notice to the department must include the student's most recent contact information on file
with the school. The school must also send an email, letter, or otherwise contact the child's
family to encourage the child to reenroll in the school's programming.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 126C.05, is amended by adding a subdivision to

new text begin Subd. 21. new text end

new text begin Department of Education to encourage reenrollment. new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding any
law to the contrary, once a school district has notified the Department of Education that a
child has been removed from the attendance roll under subdivision 8, the department becomes
responsible for reenrolling the child. The department must notify the family of a child who
has been unenrolled from school under subdivision 8, paragraph (c), of county and
community resources to support the student's reenrollment in school. The department must
also notify the family of the child's right to reenroll in the child's school and of other
accessible educational opportunities that may be available to the child. The department may
work with county attorneys and other parties under chapter 260A to reenroll the child in
new text end