SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Legislation by Calif. Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) to ensure students attend and stay in school was signed by Governor Brown on Thursday. AB 2815 expands the role of district and county attendance supervisors so they can effectively address the root causes of chronic absenteeism.

Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell
“Student success begins with kids being present and engaged in the classroom,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee and longtime school teacher. “Under this new law, attendance supervisors will be empowered to foster a culture of attendance and provide guidance to children who regularly miss school.”

Current law instructs school districts and county offices of education to appoint attendance supervisors to enforce mandatory attendance requirements. AB 2815 updates the responsibilities of attendance supervisors, allowing them to utilize early intervention tactics such as counseling referrals, holding conferences with parents or guardians and engaging with local child welfare services. Use of these proactive techniques will give school attendance supervisors an opportunity to move beyond simple enforcement and begin confronting the underlying issues behind truancy.

The new law takes effect January 1, 2017.

Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island