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HB21-1059

Online Student Protections

Concerning protections for students who participate in online instruction.
Session:
2021 Regular Session
Subject:
Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Bill Summary

If a school district, board of cooperative services, or charter school (local education provider) provides educational programming via online instruction to a student (online student), the bill prohibits the local education provider from:

  • Prohibiting the online student's parent from being present in the same room while the student participates in online instruction , but the person leading the instruction may require a disruptive parent to leave the area the student is in; and
  • Recording the online student without prior written approval from the student's parent;
  • Imposing requirements concerning the online student's physical environment except to directly assist the student in focusing on instruction; and
  • Suspending or expelling an online student based on an item observed in the student's physical environment or the student's behavior while participating in online instruction, unless the behavior constitutes repeated interference with the local education provider's ability to provide online instruction to other students one of the statutory grounds for suspension or expulsion .

The bill specifies that the limitation on suspending or expelling an online student applies to suspensions and expulsions that occur on or after March 23, 2020.

The bill specifies that the premises, facilities, and buildings of an educational institution do not include the private residence of an online student for purposes of the crime of interference with staff, faculty, or students of educational institutions.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

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