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A07281
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE BILL
No.
2052
Session of
2018
INTRODUCED BY REESE, BARBIN, BARRAR, BERNSTINE, V. BROWN,
CALTAGIRONE, CHARLTON, D. COSTA, DEASY, DOWLING, DRISCOLL,
GILLEN, GODSHALL, GROVE, A. HARRIS, PHILLIPS-HILL, HILL-
EVANS, JAMES, JOZWIAK, KINSEY, MURT, O'NEILL, ORTITAY,
PASHINSKI, RAPP, READSHAW, ROTHMAN, ROZZI, RYAN, SACCONE,
WARD, WARNER, WATSON AND ZIMMERMAN, FEBRUARY 2, 2018
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION, FEBRUARY 2, 2018
AN ACT
Amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), entitled "An
act relating to the public school system, including certain
provisions applicable as well to private and parochial
schools; amending, revising, consolidating and changing the
laws relating thereto," in professional employees, providing
for military parent student support.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. The act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known
as the Public School Code of 1949, is amended by adding a
section to read:
Section 1183. Military Parent Student Support.--(a)
Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year and each school year
thereafter, each school district shall, at the beginning of the
school year, distribute to students and parents or guardians a
form to be filled out by the parent or guardian identifying the
parent's or guardian's service branch and status. The submission
of the form by each parent or guardian shall be voluntary. If a
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form is submitted, the form shall be submitted to the parent's
or guardian's school district of residence.
(b) If a school district has been informed of an activation
of a parent or guardian for active duty military service, the
school district must provide the student and parent or guardian
with information and access to the following:
(1) School guidance counselors.
(2) Existing Federal and State military support services.
(3) Any other service, agency or resource necessary to
support or provide assistance to the student, parent or
guardian. public school entity shall provide appropriate support
services, as specified in subsection (b), to students whose
parent or guardian is a member of the armed forces being called
to and while serving on active duty.
(b) If a parent or guardian of a student is called or
ordered to active duty by the Federal Government under the
provisions of 10 U.S.C. (relating to armed forces) or 32 U.S.C.
(relating to National Guard), the parent or guardian may notify
the public school entity of the activation to active duty and
request additional supports for the student under this section.
Upon receiving notification from the parent or guardian of
activation, the public school entity shall provide the student
and parent or guardian with the following:
(1) Access to the following:
(i) a certified school counselor;
(ii) a certified school psychologist;
(iii) school social workers; or
(iv) certified home and school visitors.
(2) Information regarding the following:
(i) Existing Federal and State military support services.
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(ii) Any other service, agency or resource necessary to
support or provide assistance to the student, parent or
guardian.
(c) The Department of Education shall coordinate with the
Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to carry out this
section . , including posting information about the requirements
of this section to their publicly accessible Internet websites
and providing informational materials for use by public school
entities to inform parents and guardians of the supports
available under subsection (b)(2).
(d) As used in this section, the following words and phrases
shall have the meanings given to them in this subsection unless
the context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Public s chool entity." Any public school, including a
school district, charter school, regional charter school, cyber
charter school, intermediate unit or area vocational-technical
school operating within this Commonwealth.
Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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