Bill Text: NY A08550 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Requires day care centers and public schools to contact parents or guardians of a child when such child has an unexpected absence from school or day care to ensure the parents or guardians are aware and that such child is not in any danger.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2020-01-08 - referred to children and families [A08550 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A08550-Introduced.html



                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________

                                          8550

                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                   IN ASSEMBLY

                                     August 23, 2019
                                       ___________

        Introduced by M. of A. RIVERA -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Children and Families

        AN  ACT  to  amend the social services law, in relation to requiring day
          care centers and public schools to contact a child's parent or guardi-
          an if they are absent

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section  1. The social services law is amended by adding a new section
     2  390-aa to read as follows:
     3    § 390-aa. Child well-being check. 1. For purposes of this section, the
     4  following terms shall have the following meanings:
     5    (a) "Absent" or "absence" shall mean any child who is expected  to  be
     6  present for day care services or school who has not arrived at the sche-
     7  duled drop-off time.
     8    (b)  "Child  day care provider" shall have the same meaning as defined
     9  in paragraph (b) of subdivision one of section three hundred  ninety  of
    10  this title.
    11    (c)  "Group  family  day  care  home"  shall  have the same meaning as
    12  defined in paragraph (d) of subdivision one  of  section  three  hundred
    13  ninety of this title.
    14    (d)  "Family  day care home" shall have the same meaning as defined in
    15  paragraph (e) of subdivision one of section three hundred ninety of this
    16  title.
    17    (e) "School age child care" shall have the same meaning as defined  in
    18  paragraph (f) of subdivision one of section three hundred ninety of this
    19  title.
    20    2.  (a)  All child day care providers, school age child care programs,
    21  group family day care homes and family day care homes within  the  state
    22  shall  be  required to contact a child's parent or guardian in the event
    23  such child is absent on a given day, when prior notice of  such  child's

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD13560-01-9

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     1  absence  has  not  been  provided,  to  confirm  such child's absence is
     2  expected and the parent or guardian is aware of such absence.
     3    (b)  Such  day  care  providers,  programs or homes shall contact such
     4  parent or guardian within one hour  after  recording  that  a  child  is
     5  absent on such day.
     6    3.  (a)  All  public  schools  within  the  state shall be required to
     7  contact a child's parent or guardian in the event such child  is  absent
     8  on  a  given day, when prior notice of such child's absence has not been
     9  provided, to confirm such child's absence is expected and the parent  or
    10  guardian is aware of such absence.
    11    (b) Such schools shall contact such parent or guardian within one hour
    12  after recording that a child is absent on such day.
    13    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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