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SOLD OUT EED150305 When Students Don’t Attend School: The Law’s Response to Truancy & Absenteeism
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SOLD OUT The Child Welfare Section of the CBA will present a seminar on School Attendance issues. The alarming rates of truancy and chronic absenteeism in Connecticut public schools have enormous social and economic consequences for our state. This seminar will address all aspects of school attendance issues.

3/5/2015
When: Thursday, March 5, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: CBA Law Center
30 Bank Street
New Britain, Connecticut  06050
United States
Contact: Member Service Center
(860)223-4400


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Presented by Education Law Section

Seminar Code:
EED150305


About the Program: The alarming rates of truancy and chronic absenteeism in Connecticut public schools have enormous social and economic consequences for our state. This seminar will address all aspects of school attendance, including the role of the courts and other public agencies, educational neglect proceedings in the juvenile courts, racial and disability-based disparities in chronic absenteeism rates across the state, students with chronic illness, excused versus unexcused absences, truancy, and the link between reading proficiency and chronic absenteeism.  Attendees will receive a comprehensive outline of all state and federal statutes and regulations relevant to school attendance. The seminar will conclude with a panel discussion and the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists. 

Who Should Attend: Attorneys of all experience levels, who practice education law, or in other areas of children's law; and school administrators and other professionals working within the educational, judicial, child protection, and mental health systems.

You will Learn:

  • About  state and federal statutes and regulations relevant to school attendance.
  • About the responsibilities of school districts and parents regarding school attendance, including responses to excused and unexcused absences and truant behavior.
  • How the policies and procedures of various state agencies, including the juvenile courts, juvenile probation, the Department of Children & Families, and the Department of Public Health, interface with school attendance issues.
  • Successful approaches for re-engaging students and improving attendance rates

Speakers:
Alyce Alfano
, Shipman & Goodwin, Hartford
Bonnie Opielowski-Brouwer, Director of Pupil Services, Killingly Public Schools
Hon. Richard W. Dyer, Presiding Judge, Superior Court for Juvenile Matters, Willimantic
Bet Gailor, Connecticut Legal Services Inc.
Brad Martin, Principal, The Depot Street School, Storrs
Timothy Tokarski
, SuNRIse Community School, Killingly
Stephen Tracy, Superintendent of Schools, Department of Children & Families, Hartford
Kevin Urso, Court Support Services Division, Juvenile Probation
Erica Velarde, SuNRIse Community School, Killingly
Linda L. Yoder, Shipman & Goodwin LLP, Hartford

Schedule:

9:00 to 9:15:      Introduction: The Truancy Epidemic  - Bet Gailor

9:15 to 10:00:    An  Overview of the Laws Relating to School Attendance  - Alyce Alfano

10:00 to 11:15: Responses to Chronic Absenteeism: Programs that Work - Bonnie Opielowski-Brouwer, Timothy Tokarski, Erica  Velarde, Brad Martin, Stephen Tracy


11:15
to 11:30 BREAK

11:30
to 1:00:   What Happens with Truancy Referrals: A Conversation with the Court, Probation, and DCF

Moderators:
Linda L. Yoder and Bet Gailor

Panelists: Hon. Richard Dyer, Kevin Urso, Stephen Tracy


Event Cost:   $45
                       

** Materials for this seminar will be e-mailed to registrants prior to the seminar for download. Please note that refunds will not be granted once course materials have been received.