(a)(1) In this section, “residential child care program” means a program that:
(i) Provides care for children 24 hours a day within a structured set of services
and activities designed to achieve objectives related to the needs of the children
(ii) Is licensed by the Maryland Department of Health, the Department of Human Services,
or the Department of Juvenile Services.
(2) A “residential child care program” includes:
(i) Group homes;
(ii) Alternative living units; and
(iii) Emergency shelter care.
(b) Each licensed operator of a residential child care program who has legal custody
or care and control of a child who is at least 5 years old and under the age of 16
years and receives State funding as provided in § 5-526 of the Family Law Article:
(1) Shall enroll the child in the local school system where the residential child
care program is located unless the residential child care program operates an approved
educational program in accordance with the licensing regulations that govern the residential
child care program;
(2) Shall expeditiously initiate and monitor the transfer of the academic records
of a child in the operator's care from the transferring school to insure that the
academic records are transferred to the school that the child will be attending while
living in the operator's care;
(3)(i) May request a meeting with the child's teachers; and
(ii) Shall meet the child's teachers at the time of enrollment and at any other time
the school or a teacher requests; and
(4) Shall sign the child's report card, insure that the report card is returned to
school, and include a copy of the report card in the child's case record.
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