(Ohio) – A new law now requires Ohio school districts to notify parents and guardians when children are absent from class without an excuse.
Schools will now have to notify parents and guardians within the first two hours of the school day under the new law that took effect on Friday.
The law was enacted in response to the death of 14-year-old Alianna DeFreeze. Shew as kidnapped and killed in Cleveland in 2017. Her mother didn’t know she was missing until she didn’t come home from school. A registered sex offender was convicted in Alianna’s killing and sentenced to death.
Prior to the law, school districts had varying procedures about how and when they notify parents about a child’s absence.