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
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
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.