Senator JEFF VAN DREW
District 1 (Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland)
Senator JAMES BEACH
District 6 (Burlington and Camden)
Senators A.R.Bucco, Kyrillos and Greenstein
Provides an excused absence on Veterans Day for pupil who participates in certain activities for veterans or active duty members of United States Armed Forces or New Jersey National Guard.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
As reported by the Senate Education Committee on December 14, 2015, with amendments.
An Act concerning excused absences for certain pupils and supplementing chapter 36 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. a. Notwithstanding any law, rule, or regulation to the contrary, any pupil of a public school who is absent from school on November 11, Veterans Day, attending a ceremony honoring a veteran or a member of the United States Armed Forces or the New Jersey National Guard returning from overseas deployments, or assisting a veteran at a hospital, food shelter, or any similar facility, shall have the absence for those reasons recorded as an excused absence on the pupil’s attendance record or on that of any group or class of which he is a member. Any transcript, application, employment form, or any similar form on which information concerning a pupil’s attendance record is requested shall show, with respect to absences, only absences other than excused absences authorized pursuant to this subsection. 1In making a determination on whether or not a student has a perfect attendance record for the school year, a school district shall not consider as an absence an excused absence authorized pursuant to this subsection.1
b. A pupil shall provide such documentation as the superintendent or administrative principal of the school district deems necessary to prove the pupil meets the requirements for the excused absence under subsection a. of this section.
c. As used in this section, “veteran” means a person who has served on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States and who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable.
2. This act shall take effect immediately.