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120.103 Enforcement and prosecution.

Subdivision 1. On-site visits. A superintendent or the superintendent's designee may make an annual on-site visit, at a mutually agreed upon time, to an unaccredited nonpublic school, home, or other institution where children are receiving instruction. Upon mutual agreement between the parties, the superintendent or the superintendent's designee may also visit an accredited nonpublic school, person, or other institution providing instruction. The purpose of these visits shall be limited to monitoring compliance with the requirements of section 120.101. If the superintendent determines that there is evidence of noncompliance with the requirements of sections 120.101 and 120.102, the superintendent may make additional visits during the school year.

Subd. 2. Alternative to visits. In lieu of the visit authorized in subdivision 1, a parent who is providing instruction may present the documentation required in section 120.102, subdivision 2, to the superintendent.

Subd. 3. Notice to parents. The superintendent shall notify the parent, in writing, if a child is alleged to be receiving instruction in violation of sections 120.101 and 120.102. The written notification shall include a list of the specific alleged violations.

Subd. 4. Fact-finding and mediation. If the specified alleged violations of the compulsory attendance requirements are not corrected within 15 days of receipt of the written notification, the superintendent shall request fact-finding and mediation services from the commissioner of children, families, and learning.

Subd. 5. Notice to county attorney. If the alleged violations are not corrected through the fact-finding and mediation process under subdivision 4, the superintendent shall notify the county attorney of the alleged violations. The superintendent shall notify the parents, by certified mail, of the superintendent's intent to notify the county attorney of the alleged violations.

Subd. 6. Criminal complaint; prosecution. The county attorney in the county in which the alleged violations have occurred has jurisdiction to conduct a prosecution for violations of section 120.101, 120.102, or 120.103. A criminal complaint may be filed in any court in the county exercising criminal jurisdiction and shall name the persons neglecting or refusing to comply with section 120.101, 120.102, or 120.103. After the complaint has been filed, a warrant shall be issued and proceedings in trial shall commence as provided by law in misdemeanor cases.

HIST: 1987 c 178 s 3; 1Sp1995 c 3 art 16 s 13

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