Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr. to require parents to notify a school if a child will be absent, and in turn require schools to notify parents if a student fails to attend – an idea stemming from the tragic disappearance of a Nashville teen – was approved 39-0 Thursday by the Senate, giving it final legislative approval.
“It’s well known that the first few hours of a child’s abduction are the most vital to the recovery process,” said Diegnan (D-Middlesex). “Tabitha’s Law is meant to provide families and law enforcement with an early warning trigger during that critical time. Our hearts go out to the family of Tabitha Tudor who to this day still has not received complete closure.”
The bill would require parents to notify school administrators whenever their child will be absent from school, and requires administrators to contact parents whenever a pupil is absent without the parent’s having provided prior notice.
On the morning of April 29, 2003, 13-year-old Nashville, Tennessee student, Tabitha Tudor, did not show up for school.
Although school administrators had received no notification from Tabitha’s parents that she would be absent that day, the school failed to alert the Tudors of their daughter’s unexplained absence. As a result, her parents did not learn that Tabitha was missing until after her father arrived home at 4:45 p.m. Due to the delay, law enforcement officials and Tabitha’s parents lost an entire day before their search could begin. Tabitha is still missing.
The bill now goes to the governor. TLS.
The bill only applies to public school, which already have an automated system of calling parents. It does not apply to private schools.
Lakewood Cheder James/Vaser used to always call me.
I think all schools should have this in place, public, private, all children are out grestest gift, and we should protect them.
Why must private schools be required? Shouldn’t they be doing so anyway?
i think its a good idea
many parents leave there kids at bus stop and how do you really know if your child got onto the bus
parents should watch their children board the buses
public schools in lakewood do not notify parents, only in the high school were parents called and not early in the day.
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