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Bumstead bill relieves attendance requirement for schools under threat

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan K-12 schools that have reported a threat to law enforcement would be relieved of the state’s 75% pupil attendance requirement under a bill introduced Thursday by Sen. Jon Bumstead.

“This is a simple, but important bill that would remove a bureaucratic barrier to provide our schools additional oversight and tools to address threats made to district buildings, students, teachers, and faculty,” said Bumstead, R-Newaygo. “In an emergency situation where lives are potentially on the line, the last thing our school districts should have to worry about is whether they have met an attendance percentage requirement.”

Senate Bill 873 would relieve affected districts of the 75% pupil attendance requirement for five consecutive school days following an initial reported threat.

The suspension of the attendance reporting requirement would apply to reported threats made against school buildings, school-sponsored activities, and school-owned student transportation vehicles.

The bill was referred to the Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee for consideration.