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Full Text of HB3507  100th General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning education.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
526-1 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/26-1)  (from Ch. 122, par. 26-1)
7    Sec. 26-1. Compulsory school age-Exemptions. Whoever has
8custody or control of any child (i) between the ages of 7 and
917 years (unless the child has already graduated from high
10school) for school years before the 2014-2015 school year or
11(ii) between the ages of 6 (on or before September 1) and 17
12years (unless the child has already graduated from high school)
13beginning with the 2014-2015 school year shall cause such child
14to attend some public school in the district wherein the child
15resides the entire time it is in session during the regular
16school term, except as provided in Section 10-19.1, and during
17a required summer school program established under Section
1810-22.33B; provided, that the following children shall not be
19required to attend the public schools:
20        1. Any child attending a private or a parochial school
21    where children are taught the branches of education taught
22    to children of corresponding age and grade in the public
23    schools, and where the instruction of the child in the



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1    branches of education is in the English language;
2        2. Any child who is physically or mentally unable to
3    attend school, such disability being certified to the
4    county or district truant officer by a competent physician
5    licensed in Illinois to practice medicine and surgery in
6    all its branches, a chiropractic physician licensed under
7    the Medical Practice Act of 1987, a licensed advanced
8    practice nurse, a licensed physician assistant, or a
9    Christian Science practitioner residing in this State and
10    listed in the Christian Science Journal; or who is excused
11    for temporary absence for cause by the principal or teacher
12    of the school which the child attends; the exemptions in
13    this paragraph (2) do not apply to any female who is
14    pregnant or the mother of one or more children, except
15    where a female is unable to attend school due to a
16    complication arising from her pregnancy and the existence
17    of such complication is certified to the county or district
18    truant officer by a competent physician;
19        3. Any child necessarily and lawfully employed
20    according to the provisions of the law regulating child
21    labor may be excused from attendance at school by the
22    county superintendent of schools or the superintendent of
23    the public school which the child should be attending, on
24    certification of the facts by and the recommendation of the
25    school board of the public school district in which the
26    child resides. In districts having part time continuation



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1    schools, children so excused shall attend such schools at
2    least 8 hours each week;
3        4. Any child over 12 and under 14 years of age while in
4    attendance at confirmation classes;
5        5. Any child absent from a public school on a
6    particular day or days or at a particular time of day for
7    the reason that he is unable to attend classes or to
8    participate in any examination, study or work requirements
9    on a particular day or days or at a particular time of day,
10    because the tenets of his religion forbid secular activity
11    on a particular day or days or at a particular time of day.
12    Each school board shall prescribe rules and regulations
13    relative to absences for religious holidays including, but
14    not limited to, a list of religious holidays on which it
15    shall be mandatory to excuse a child; but nothing in this
16    paragraph 5 shall be construed to limit the right of any
17    school board, at its discretion, to excuse an absence on
18    any other day by reason of the observance of a religious
19    holiday. A school board may require the parent or guardian
20    of a child who is to be excused from attending school due
21    to the observance of a religious holiday to give notice,
22    not exceeding 5 days, of the child's absence to the school
23    principal or other school personnel. Any child excused from
24    attending school under this paragraph 5 shall not be
25    required to submit a written excuse for such absence after
26    returning to school;



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1        6. Any child 16 years of age or older who (i) submits
2    to a school district evidence of necessary and lawful
3    employment pursuant to paragraph 3 of this Section and (ii)
4    is enrolled in a graduation incentives program pursuant to
5    Section 26-16 of this Code or an alternative learning
6    opportunities program established pursuant to Article 13B
7    of this Code; and
8        7. A child in any of grades 6 through 12 absent from a
9    public school on a particular day or days or at a
10    particular time of day for the purpose of sounding "Taps"
11    at a military honors funeral held in this State for a
12    deceased veteran. In order to be excused under this
13    paragraph 7, the student shall notify the school's
14    administration at least 2 days prior to the date of the
15    absence and shall provide the school's administration with
16    the date, time, and location of the military honors
17    funeral. The school's administration may waive this 2-day
18    notification requirement if the student did not receive at
19    least 2 days advance notice, but the student shall notify
20    the school's administration as soon as possible of the
21    absence. A student whose absence is excused under this
22    paragraph 7 shall be counted as if the student attended
23    school for purposes of calculating the average daily
24    attendance of students in the school district. A student
25    whose absence is excused under this paragraph 7 must be
26    allowed a reasonable time to make up school work missed



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1    during the absence. If the student satisfactorily
2    completes the school work, the day of absence shall be
3    counted as a day of compulsory attendance and he or she may
4    not be penalized for that absence; and .
5        8. Any child absent from a public school on a
6    particular day or days or at a particular time of day for
7    the reason that his or her parent or legal guardian is an
8    active duty member of the uniformed services and has been
9    called to duty for, is on leave from, or has immediately
10    returned from deployment to a combat zone or combat-support
11    postings. Such a student shall be granted 5 days of excused
12    absences in any school year and, at the discretion of the
13    school board, additional excused absences to visit the
14    student's parent or legal guardian relative to such leave
15    or deployment of the parent or legal guardian. In the case
16    of excused absences pursuant to this paragraph 8, the
17    student and parent or legal guardian shall be responsible
18    for obtaining assignments from the student's teacher prior
19    to any period of excused absence and for ensuring that such
20    assignments are completed by the student prior to his or
21    her return to school from such period of excused absence.
22(Source: P.A. 98-544, eff. 7-1-14; 99-173, eff. 7-29-15;
2399-804, eff. 1-1-17.)
24    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
25becoming law.