Georgia School Discipline Laws & Regulations: Data Collection, Review, and Reporting of Discipline Policies and Actions

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Georgia School Discipline Laws & Regulations: Data Collection, Review, and Reporting of Discipline Policies and Actions

Category: Monitoring and Accountability
Subcategory: Data Collection, Review, and Reporting of Discipline Policies and Actions
State: Georgia

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LAWS

20-2-695. Employing attendance officers in addition to visiting teachers; authority and duties.

(a) A local board of education may employ an attendance officer or attendance officers in addition to a visiting teacher or visiting teachers. Such an attendance officer must be paid wholly from local funds of the local board unless state funds are specifically appropriated for purposes of employment of attendance officers, in which case state funds may be used to the extent so appropriated. Attendance officers shall not be required to qualify under rules and regulations promulgated by the Professional Standards Commission for the certification of visiting teachers.

(b) The authority and duties of any attendance officer so appointed by a local board of education shall include:

(1) The duty to cooperate with state agencies, make monthly reports to that officer's school superintendent, and comply with state and local rules as provided in Code Section 20-2-696;

(2) The authority to receive cooperation and attendance reports from that officer's school system as provided for in Code Section 20-2-697;

(3) When specifically authorized by the appointing local board of education, the authority to assume temporary custody of children absent from school in the same manner as authorized for peace officers under Code Sections 20-2-698 through 20-2-700; and any attendance officer so authorized by the appointing local board of education shall, when engaged in such function, have the same duties, authority, rights, privileges, and immunities as applicable to a peace officer engaged in such function, provided that the same shall not extend to the carrying of a weapon unless the attendance officer holds a valid certification as a peace officer from the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council;

(4) The duty to report children absent from school to the juvenile court or other court having jurisdiction as provided for in Code Section 20-2-701; and

(5) Such other authority and duties as may be provided by law or as may be provided by the appointing local board of education in conformity with law.

20-2-696. Duties of visiting teachers and attendance officers.

In the discharge of the duties of their office, visiting teachers, acting visiting teachers, or attendance officers shall:

(1) Cooperate fully with the Department of Human Services, the Department of Labor, and other state agencies;

(2) Make monthly and annual reports to their respective local school superintendents on attendance and other problems of child school adjustment in the public schools of their territory; and

(3) Comply with the rules and regulations of the county and independent school system boards of education and the State Board of Education.

20-2-740. Annual report by local boards of education regarding disciplinary and placement actions; annual study by Department of Education.

(a) Each local board of education shall file an annual report, by August 1 of each year, with the Department of Education regarding disciplinary and placement actions taken during the prior school year. Such report shall classify the types of actions into the following categories:

(1) Actions in which a student was assigned to in-school suspension;

(2) Actions in which a student was suspended for a period of ten days or less;

(3) Actions in which a student was suspended for a period of more than ten days but not beyond the current school quarter or semester;

(4) Actions in which a student was expelled beyond the current school quarter or semester but not permanently expelled;

(5) Actions in which a student was permanently expelled;

(6) Actions in which a student was placed in an alternative educational setting;

(7) Actions in which a student was suspended from riding the bus;

(8) Actions in which corporal punishment was administered; and

(9) Actions in which a student was removed from class pursuant to subsection (b) of Code Section 20-2-738.

(b) For each category of disciplinary or placement action listed in paragraphs (1) through (9) of subsection (a) of this Code section, the local board shall provide the following information: the number of students subject to the type of disciplinary or placement action; the age and grade level of such students; such students' race and gender; and the number of students subject to the type of disciplinary action who were eligible for free or reduced price lunches under federal guidelines. For each action listed in paragraph (9) of subsection (a) of this Code section, the local board shall also provide information regarding the decisions of placement review committees and the disciplinary and placement decisions made by principals or their designees. The data required by this Code section shall be reported separately for each school within the local school system and collected and reported in compliance with the requirements of 20 U.S.C. Sections 1232g and 1232h.

(c) The Department of Education shall conduct a study for each school year based upon the statistical data filed by local boards pursuant to this Code section for the purpose of determining trends in discipline. The department shall also utilize existing demographic data on school personnel as needed to establish trends in discipline. Nothing in this Code section shall be construed to authorize the public release of personally identifiable information regarding students or school personnel. The department shall prepare a report for the General Assembly on the study annually and notify the members of the General Assembly of the availability of the report in the manner which it deems to be most effective and efficient.

REGULATIONS

No relevant regulations found.

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