Reduction in Absenteeism; Policy Priority; Resources and Guidance
Sec. 12.2. (a) The department shall make reduction of absenteeism in schools a policy priority and provide assistance and guidance to school corporations and schools in:
(1) identifying contributing factors of absenteeism; and
(2) developing chronic absence reduction plans that school corporations may elect to include as a component of the school improvement plans required under IC 20-31-5.
(b) The department shall provide resources and guidance to school corporations concerning evidence based practices and effective strategies that reduce absenteeism in schools. However, the department may not mandate a particular policy within a chronic absence reduction plan adopted by a school corporation or school.