(a) The principal or head teacher of each public or private school in this State shall
report immediately to the county superintendent, the supervisor of pupil personnel,
or any other official designated by the county superintendent the name of each child
enrolled in his school who has been absent or irregular in attendance, without lawful
excuse, or who shows evidence of maladjustment, so that the causes may be studied
and solutions worked out.
(b) On receipt of a report from a principal or head teacher of a public school that
a student has been habitually truant without lawful excuse, the appropriate representative
of the school system:
(1) Shall initiate an investigation into the cause of the child's truancy;
(2) May provide counseling regarding the availability of social, health, and educational
(3) Following the investigation or intervention:
(i) May notify the Department of Juvenile Services that the student has been habitually
truant, without lawful excuse;
(ii) Shall notify the appropriate local department that the student has been habitually
truant, without lawful excuse, if a court has given the notice authorized by § 3-819(b-1) of the Courts Article; and
(iii) Shall notify the Department of Juvenile Services that the student has been habitually
truant, without lawful excuse, if a court has given the notice authorized by § 3-8A-19(d)(6) of the Courts Article.
(c) The county superintendent, the superintendent's designee, or the supervisor of
pupil personnel shall provide to the local education agency information regarding
the number of students identified as being habitually truant.
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