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HB24-1063

Addressing Abbreviated School Days

Concerning addressing the effect of abbreviated school days on children with disabilities in public schools.
Session:
2024 Regular Session
Subject:
Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Bill Summary

The bill clarifies what constitutes an abbreviated school day and describes the effects of placing children with disabilities on abbreviated school day schedules (abbreviated schedule).

The bill requires the department of education (department) to create and implement a policy that explains the:

  • Definition of an abbreviated school day;
  • Circumstances in which abbreviated schedules are permissible and impermissible;
  • Roles of the teams who determine whether to assign children with disabilities to abbreviated schedules;
  • Notice requirements that children with disabilities must not be excluded from field trips, school functions, and extracurricular activities due to abbreviated schedules;
  • Documentation and maintenance of records relating to children with disabilities' abbreviated schedules;
  • Review of abbreviated schedules on a regular basis by the teams who determine whether to assign children with disabilities to abbreviated schedules;
  • Information that parents, legal guardians, or custodians of children with disabilities (parents) must receive regarding whether parents may consent to, revoke consent to, or oppose abbreviated schedules; and
  • Procedural safeguard information distributed to parents prior to meetings in which abbreviated schedules are discussed.

Each administrative unit shall adopt the department's policy.

The department shall provide annual training and ongoing technical assistance to administrative units.

On or before July 1, 2026, and each July 1 thereafter, administrative units shall submit a report to the department summarizing:

  • The number of children with disabilities who were placed on abbreviated schedules during the preceding school year;
  • The number of days each child with disabilities was placed on an abbreviated schedule;
  • The student demographic information for each child with disabilities placed on an abbreviated school day schedule, including race, gender, English language learner status, and whether the child has a disability pursuant to federal law, to the extent possible while maintaining student privacy; and
  • The student demographic data collected, disaggregated by race, gender, English language learner status, and disability status pursuant to federal law, to the extent possible while maintaining student privacy.

The bill requires the department to post the reports to the department's website on an annual basis.

Beginning in January 2027, and in January every year thereafter, the department shall include as part of its presentation during its "SMART Act" hearing information concerning abbreviated schedules.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status

Introduced
Under Consideration

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Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Rep. L. García, Rep. M. Young
Sen. C. Kolker

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