SB 545

  • California Senate Bill
  • 2021-2022 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Feb 18, 2021
  • Senate
  • Assembly
  • Governor

Pupil retention: COVID-19 impact.


Existing law requires the governing board of each school district and each county board of education to approve a policy regarding the promotion and retention of pupils between specified grades, and requires that policy to provide for the identification of pupils who should be retained or who are at risk of being retained in their current grade level on the basis of specified factors. Existing law requires that the policy provide for parental notification when a pupil is identified as being at risk of retention, and that the policy provide the pupil's parent or guardian the opportunity to consult with the teacher or teachers responsible for the decision to promote or retain the pupil. Existing law also requires, under specified circumstances, that the pupil's parent or guardian be provided the opportunity to discuss a teacher's recommendation with the teacher and the principal before any final determination of pupil retention or promotion is made. Existing law requires a pupil to be promoted or retained only as provided for in those policies. Notwithstanding these requirements, for a pupil who was enrolled for the 2020–21 school year in kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive, in a school district, this bill would authorize the pupil to be retained in the grade level in which the pupil was enrolled in the 2020–21 school year if deemed necessary because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the pupil, as determined solely by the pupil's parent, guardian, custodian, or other educational rights holder. The bill would require a school district to approve, without condition, a request to retain the pupil in the grade level in which the pupil was enrolled in the 2020–21 school year. By imposing new duties on school districts, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above. This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

Bill Sponsors (1)


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Mar 03, 2021


Referred to Com. on ED.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on ED.

Feb 22, 2021


Art. IV. Sec. 8(a) of the Constitution dispensed with.


(Ayes 32. Noes 4.)


Joint Rule 55 suspended. (Ayes 32. Noes 4.)

Feb 19, 2021


From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 21.

Feb 18, 2021


Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.

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