Mitchell Public School District will comply with "The Missing Children Identification Act." It is the Board's intent to cooperate fully with all federal, state and local agencies to assist in the identification of missing children.


The statute requires that:


Section 4  Upon notification to a law enforcement agency of the disappearance of a missing person, such agency shall immediately notify the state patrol which shall notify the school in which such missing person is enrolled. The bureau shall notify the county agency if such missing person was born in such county. Any information known to the patrol shall be supplied to the bureau.


Section 7  Upon notification by the patrol of a missing person, any school in which such missing person is currently or was previously enrolled shall flag the school records of such person in such school's possession. The school shall report immediately any request concerning a flagged record or any knowledge of the whereabouts of such missing person.


Upon enrollment of a student for the first time in a public school district or private school system, the school of enrollment shall notify in writing the person enrolling the student that within thirty days he/she must provide either (a) a certified copy of the student's birth certificate or (b) other reliable proof of the student's identity and age accompanied by an affidavit explaining the inability to produce a copy of the birth certificate.


Upon failure of the person to comply with subsection (2) of this section, the school shall notify such person in writing that unless he/she complies within ten days the matter shall be referred to the local law enforcement agency for investigation. If compliance is not obtained within such ten day period, the school shall immediately report such matter, any affidavit received pursuant to subsection (2) of this section that appears inaccurate or suspicious in form or content shall be reported immediately to the local law enforcement agency by the school.


Section 8  The flag on such birth certificate or school record shall be large enough so that any personnel looking at such birth certificate or record shall be alerted to the fact that such birth certificate or record is of a missing person.


Section 10  Any local law enforcement agency notified pursuant to the Missing Children Identification Act of the request for the birth certificate, school record, or other information concerning a missing person shall immediately notify the state patrol of such request and shall investigate such matter.



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Section 11  Any school or any person acting on behalf of a school shall be immune from civil and criminal liability for any acts or omissions which occur as a result of the requirements of the Missing Children Identification Act.


Cross Reference:                     507      Student Records