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SB-545 Pupil retention: COVID-19 impact.(2021-2022)

As Amends the Law Today


 Section 48070.3 is added to the Education Code, to read:

 (a) A school district, upon receiving a request from the parent of an eligible pupil to retain the pupil for the 2021–22 school year, shall do all of the following:
(1) Offer to the pupil specific interventions and supports pursuant to Part 24.6 (commencing with Section 43520) of Division 3.
(2) Offer to the pupil access to prior semester courses in which the pupil received a D or F letter grade, or offer some other form of credit recovery.
(3) Provide to the parent information, made available by the department, about research on the effects of pupil retention and the types of interventions and supports that have been shown to be beneficial to pupils.
(b) The department shall compile existing research on both of the following, and make this information available on its internet website commencing on or before August 1, 2021:
(1) The effects of pupil retention on future academic outcomes, and on other outcomes as determined by the department, for pupils who were retained.
(2) The types of interventions and supports that have been shown to be beneficial to pupils.
(c) The following definitions apply to this section:
(1) “Eligible pupil” means a pupil who, for the 2020–21 school year, was enrolled in kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive, in a school district.
(2) “Parent” means the natural or adoptive parent or guardian, the person having legal custody, or other educational rights holder.
SEC. 2.
 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.
SEC. 3.
 This act is an urgency statute necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within the meaning of Article IV of the California Constitution and shall go into immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are:
The COVID-19 global pandemic and associated school closures and shift to distance learning has resulted in significant learning loss among pupils in the state. Due to these factors, most pupils have missed a substantial proportion of the material covered in a typical school year. In order to timely prevent these hardships to pupils due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, it is necessary that this act take effect immediately.