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      RS 17:230     


§230.  Powers and duties of visiting teachers, or supervisors of child welfare and attendance

A.  Visiting teachers, supervisors of child welfare and attendance, and home-school coordinators, shall have all the powers, duties, and responsibilities vested or which may be vested in attendance officers by the compulsory attendance laws of this state.

B.  The powers, duties, and responsibilities of visiting teachers, or supervisors of child welfare and attendance, shall be limited to the following, provided that any school system with fewer than seven thousand five hundred students may assign such duties in proportion to the fraction of seven thousand five hundred students in that school system:

(1)  Maintaining and keeping pupil attendance accounting records on forms approved by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

(2)  Investigating cases of nonenrollment and unexcused absences from school of all children within the compulsory school attendance age.

(3)  Giving written notice, either in person or by registered mail, to the parent, tutor or other person having control or charge of a child within the compulsory school attendance age, when no valid reason is found for a child's nonenrollment or unexcused absence from school, requiring enrollment or attendance within three days from the date of notice.

(4)  Visiting the home or place of residence of a child and any other place in which he is likely to find any child who is required to attend school when such child is absent from school during school hours, and when such child shall have been found, to return him to his parent or to the principal or teacher in charge of the school, or to the private tutor from whom absent.

(5)  Keeping an accurate record of attendance of all children returned to schools or homes, of all cases prosecuted, and of all other services performed.  A written report of all such activities shall be made monthly and annually to the parish or city superintendent of education and to the state director of child welfare and attendance.

(6)  Conducting counseling sessions and other meetings related to school attendance and discipline.

(7)  Undertaking other duties required by law or school board policy to reduce or respond to truancy.

C.  In the discharge of the duties of their office, visiting teachers, supervisors of child welfare and attendance, or home-school coordinators shall cooperate fully with the state departments of public welfare, labor, health, and other state agencies, and may serve such writs and process in law relating to compulsory attendance as may be necessary for the enforcement of this Subpart.

Acts 1964, No. 109, §2.  Amended by Acts 1975, No. 777, §1; Acts 1994, 3rd Ex. Sess., No. 45, §2.  

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