THE SENATE

S.C.R. NO.

175

TWENTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2002

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 
   


SENATE CONCURRENT

RESOLUTION

REQUESTING THE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO IMPLEMENT A MORE DEFINITIVE ATTENDANCE POLICY.

 

WHEREAS, the Department of Education is committed to providing all students with educational programs that help them achieve and become contributing and personally successful members of society; and

WHEREAS, according to the "No Child Left Behind Act," H.R. 1 (PL 107-110) a fair and appropriate education will be provided for every student; and

WHEREAS, regular attendance and punctuality has an intrinsic value to the learning achievement of the student; and

WHEREAS, chronic absenteeism and tardiness deprives a student of instructional interaction as well as deprives peers of different perspectives and opinions vital to the learning and social aspects of the school community; and

WHEREAS, missed instructional time requires constant administrative, counselor, and teacher support services limiting time for their primary duties, which disrupts the learning environment of others; and

WHEREAS, research clearly states that as classroom instructional time increases so does the student's quality of a comprehensive education; and

WHEREAS, teachers are paid 188 days and facilities are maintained because this has been deemed what is necessary to provide an appropriate education to our children; every day a child is absent it lessens his or her opportunities and wastes valuable resources; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Education's current attendance policy lacks specific or definitive terms, requirements, and consequences; and

WHEREAS, the current state policy simply states children from ages 6-18 must regularly attend school thus, leaving parents with no guidelines as to what is appropriate attendance procedure; and

WHEREAS, some schools have developed attendance policies with more specificity through their School-Community-Based-Management (SCBM) groups in an effort to bolster attendance, for example one school increased from 88% to 94% and decreased daily student absences from 22 to 10 in 3 years; and

WHEREAS, some of the schools that have applied for SCBM waivers and have clearly defined terms and consequences in their attendance policies show significant improvement in regular attendance; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of Twenty-First Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2002, the House of Representatives concurring, that the Board of Education shall look at schools that have shown improvements in their attendance and implement those best practices into a district policy or a statewide policy; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board of Education is requested to use definitive language and clear-cut consequences with a comprehensive enforcement system to implement into its district policy or statewide policy; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that schools with SCBM attendance waivers, which show significant improvement in attendance or maintain a level of 95% attendance as per federal guidelines shall continue to be exempt from the Board of Education's policy; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution shall be transmitted to the Board of Education and the Superintendent of Education.

 

 

 

OFFERED BY:

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Report Title:

DOE; Definitive Attendance Policy; Implement