Brian Schultz, Chief Academic Officer
Proposed amendments to policies JLC and JLCB are before the Board for approval. The amendments bring Policy JLC into compliance with the North Carolina law that requires every student entering public school in North Carolina for the first time to have a health assessment, with results submitted on a standardized form developed by the NCDPI and the Department of Health and Human Services. The amendments also include a provision required by law that exclusions based on not having a health assessment are not suspensions, and that, for the duration of the absence, students must be provided with missed assignments (as requested), textbooks and digital devices, and permitted to take exams.
Sections consistent with federal law establishing enrollment safeguards for students in foster care and homeless students have also been added to both policies.
As the proposed amendments are required by state and federal law, the Superintendent requests that the Board approve them at tonight's meeting rather than follow the customary process of making a First Reading and holding two Public Hearings prior to the Board vote. Such action is consistent with Board Policy BG, "Board of Education Policy Process," which permits the Board to waive a public hearing when the content of a policy is dictated by law. The three members of the Policy Committee present at the November 10, 2016 Policy Committee meeting approved the proposed amendments and expedited timeline for Board action.
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