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Public Act 097-0218





Public Act 097-0218
HB3179 EnrolledLRB097 07424 NHT 47533 b

    AN ACT concerning education.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
26-2a as follows:
    (105 ILCS 5/26-2a)  (from Ch. 122, par. 26-2a)
    Sec. 26-2a. A "truant" is defined as a child subject to
compulsory school attendance and who is absent without valid
cause from such attendance for a school day or portion thereof.
    "Valid cause" for absence shall be illness, observance of a
religious holiday, death in the immediate family, family
emergency, and shall include such other situations beyond the
control of the student as determined by the board of education
in each district, or such other circumstances which cause
reasonable concern to the parent for the safety or health of
the student.
    "Chronic or habitual truant" shall be defined as a child
who is subject to compulsory school attendance and who is
absent without valid cause from such attendance for 5% 10% or
more of the previous 180 regular attendance days.
    "Truant minor" is defined as a chronic truant to whom
supportive services, including prevention, diagnostic,
intervention and remedial services, alternative programs and
other school and community resources have been provided and
have failed to result in the cessation of chronic truancy, or
have been offered and refused.
    A "dropout" is defined as any child enrolled in grades 9
through 12 whose name has been removed from the district
enrollment roster for any reason other than the student's
death, extended illness, removal for medical non-compliance,
expulsion, aging out, graduation, or completion of a program of
studies and who has not transferred to another public or
private school and is not known to be home-schooled by his or
her parents or guardians or continuing school in another
    "Religion" for the purposes of this Article, includes all
aspects of religious observance and practice, as well as
(Source: P.A. 96-1423, eff. 8-3-10.)
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 7/28/2011