A-1902/S-721

Tabitha’s Law

NJEA supports A-1902 (Rumana, Diegnan)/S-721 (O’Toole) entitled “Tabitha’s Law”, which requires parents to notify school administrators whenever their child will be absent from school, and requires administrators to contact parents whenever a pupil is absent without the parent's having provided prior notice. 

This bill is named after Tabitha Tudor, a young girl in Tennessee who, in 2003, did not attend school one day, unbeknownst to her parents.  The school did not contact Tabitha’s parents regarding her absence and they did not become aware she was missing until 4:45 p.m. that day.  Tabitha Tudor remains missing to this day. 

The first few hours after an abduction are critical in the recovery of a child.  An efficient system of communication between school administrators and parents regarding a student's unexplained absence is common sense and vital should there be an abduction. 

NJEA urges you to vote “yes.”