Legislation introduced by Senator Elder Vogel that will allow school districts to save thousands of dollars in annual mailing costs received final legislative approval Tuesday (June 14) and is headed to the Governor for his signature.
Senate Bill 1077, which was approved by a 193-2 vote in the House of Representatives, eliminates the mandate that school districts annually inform parents by physical mailing when the district uses audio and video recording to identify and address discipline issues on school buses.
The mailer mandate was included as part of Act 9 of 2014, which gave school districts the ability to use audio recordings on school buses. Instead of the physical mailing, which can easily cost thousands of dollars each year, schools must post notice of the policy in the student handbook as well as on the school’s website.
“Student handbooks outlining rules and procedures are already posted on each school’s publicly accessible website. Parents have to acknowledge they have read and understand the rules and procedures by an electronic signature,” Senator Vogel said. “There is no need to require a separate, physical mailing each year for this one specific policy. This will save taxpayer dollars.”