AN ACT TO REQUIRE THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO ADOPT RULES EXCUSING ABSENCES FOR STUDENTS ATTENDING A LEGISLATIVE EVENT OR VISITING THE NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND ENSURING THAT CERTAIN EXCUSED ABSENCES DO NOT AFFECT A STUDENT'S PARTICIPATION IN AN APPROVED ATTENDANCE RECOGNITION
Amends GS 115C-379 to require the State Board of Education's rules on excusing absences to require school principals to authorize a minimum of two excused absences each year for religious observance as well as now requiring excusing absences whenever a student is unable to attend class because of a legislative event. Defines legislative event as an event sanctioned by at least one NCGA chamber that a student attends for an educational, civic, or familial purpose, including, but not limited to, service as a legislative page, attendance at the legislative swearing-in ceremony of a parent or grandparent, and attendance at an event in which the student's relative is receiving special recognition by the General Assembly. Also adds and defines parent, relative, and religious observance. Makes conforming and organizational changes.
Amends GS 115C-382.5, concerning student attendance recognition programs, to make students eligible for such programs when the student has an absence due to a religious observance or attending a legislative event.
Applies beginning with the 2019-20 school year.
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