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Senate Bill No. 291

PUBLIC ACT NO. 96-108

AN ACT CONCERNING STUDENT USE OF TELECOMMUNICATION DEVICES AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF GRADUATION DATES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 8 of public act 95-304 is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) No student in a public school in the state shall possess or use a remotely activated paging device unless such student obtains the written permission of the school principal for such possession and use. The principal shall grant such permission only if the student or his parent or guardian establishes to the satisfaction of the principal that a reasonable basis exists for the possession and use of the device.

(b) A LOCAL OR REGIONAL BOARD OF EDUCATION MAY RESTRICT THE STUDENT POSSESSION OR USE OF CELLULAR MOBILE TELEPHONES IN THE SCHOOLS UNDER ITS JURISDICTION. IN DETERMINING WHETHER TO RESTRICT SUCH POSSESSION OR USE, THE LOCAL OR REGIONAL BOARD OF EDUCATION SHALL CONSIDER THE SPECIAL NEEDS OF PARENTS AND STUDENTS.

Sec. 2. Section 10-16l of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes to the contrary, [commencing with the 1993-1994 school year, and for each school year thereafter,] a local or regional board of education may establish FOR ANY SCHOOL YEAR a firm graduation date for students in grade twelve which is no earlier than the one hundred eighty-fifth day noted in the school calendar originally adopted by the board for [the] THAT school year EXCEPT THAT A BOARD ON OR AFTER APRIL FIRST IN ANY SCHOOL YEAR MAY ESTABLISH SUCH A FIRM GRADUATION DATE FOR THAT SCHOOL YEAR WHICH AT THE TIME OF SUCH ESTABLISHMENT PROVIDES FOR AT LEAST ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY DAYS OF SCHOOL.

Sec. 3. This act shall take effect from its passage, except that section 1 shall take effect July 1, 1996.

Approved April 30, 1996. Effective as provided in section 3.

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