Current Status Introducing Body:
SenateBill Number: 352Ratification Number: 150Act Number: 165Primary Sponsor: WashingtonType of Legislation: GBSubject: Students, attendance requirementsDate Bill Passed both Bodies: 19930526Computer Document Number: EGM/18097DW.93Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: 19930616Introduced Date: 19930203Date of Last Amendment: 19930519Last History Body: ------Last History Date: 19930616Last History Type: Act No. 165Scope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: Washington Jackson Ford Glover HayesType of Legislation: General Bill
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN Leg Involved ---- ------ ------------ ------------------------------ --- ------------ 352 ------ 19930616 Act No. 165 352 ------ 19930616 Signed by Governor 352 ------ 19930610 Ratified R 150 352 Senate 19930526 Concurred in House amendment, enrolled for ratification 352 House 19930520 Read third time, returned to Senate with amendment 352 House 19930519 Amended, read second time 352 House 19930505 Committee Report: Favorable 21 with amendment 352 House 19930422 Introduced, read first time, 21 referred to Committee 352 Senate 19930421 Read third time, sent to House 352 Senate 19930420 Amended, read second time 352 Senate 19930415 Committee Report: Favorable 04 with amendment 352 Senate 19930203 Introduced, read first time, 04 referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
(A165, R150, S352)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 59-65-30, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO EXCEPTIONS TO MANDATORY ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS OF CHILDREN IN PUBLIC OR PRIVATE SCHOOLS, SO AS TO DELETE THE EXCEPTION OF A CHILD WHO IS MARRIED OR HAS BEEN MARRIED, AN UNMARRIED CHILD WHO IS PREGNANT, OR A CHILD WHO HAS HAD A CHILD OUTSIDE OF WEDLOCK, A CHILD WHO IS TEN YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER AND HAS BEEN OUT OF SCHOOL FOR THREE YEARS OR MORE IF THERE ARE NO SPECIAL CLASSES IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR THE CHILD TO ATTEND, AND PROVIDE A NEW EXCEPTION FOR A STUDENT WHO HAS A CHILD AND WHO IS GRANTED A TEMPORARY WAIVER FROM ATTENDANCE BY THE DISTRICT'S ATTENDANCE SUPERVISOR OR HIS DESIGNEE UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Exceptions from mandatory school attendance
SECTION 1. Section 59-65-30 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 59-65-30. The provisions of this article do not apply to:
(a) A child who has been graduated from high school or has received the equivalent of a high school education from a school approved by the State Board of Education, or member school of South Carolina Independent Schools' Association, or a private school in existence at the time of the passage of this article;
(b) A child who obtains a certificate from a psychologist certified by the State Department of Education or from a licensed physician stating that he is unable to attend school because of a physical or mental disability, provided there are no suitable special classes available for such child in the school district where he resides;
(c) A child who has completed the eighth grade and who is determined by the court to be legally and gainfully employed whose employment is further determined by such court to be necessary for the maintenance of his home;
(e) A student who has a child and who is granted a temporary waiver from attendance by the district's attendance supervisor or his designee. The district attendance supervisor may grant a temporary waiver only if he determines that suitable day care is unavailable. The student must consult with the district supervisor or his designee in a timely manner to consider all available day care options or the district shall consider the student to be in violation of this chapter.
(f) A child who has reached the age of sixteen years and whose further attendance in school, vocational school, or available special classes is determined by a court of competent jurisdiction to be disruptive to the educational program of the school, unproductive of further learning, or not in the best interest of the child, and who is authorized by the court to enter into suitable gainful employment under the supervision of the court until age seventeen is attained. However, prior to being exempted from the provisions of this article, the court may first require that the child concerned be examined physically and tested mentally to assist the court to determine whether or not gainful employment would be more suitable for the child than continued attendance in school. The examination and testing must be conducted by the Department of Youth Services or by any local agency which the court determines to be appropriate. The court shall revoke the exemption provided in this item upon a finding that the child fails to continue in his employment until reaching the age of seventeen years."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Approved the 16th day of June, 1993.