The State Board of Education shall perform the following functions:

Terms Used In Alabama Code 26-19-9

  • following: means next after. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • month: means a calendar month. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Alabama Code 1-1-1

(1) Collect each month a list of missing Alabama school children, with a photograph, if available, as provided by ACMEC. A missing Alabama school child shall be defined for the purposes of this section as a child under 18 years whose whereabouts are unknown and who may reasonably be expected to be attending an Alabama school. The list shall be designed to include such information as the board deems necessary for the identification of the missing school child.

(2) Compile from the information collected pursuant to subdivision (1) a list of missing school children, to be distributed monthly to all public school systems admitting children to kindergarten through grade 12. The list shall include the names of all such missing children, together with such other information, with photographs, when available. The school systems shall distribute this information to the public schools in the system by whatever manner each system deems appropriate.

(3) Obtain from principals of public, private, and parochial schools in Alabama the name, birthdate, and Social Security number of each pupil who enrolls in the school for the first time and submit the information to ACMEC within thirty (30) days of the pupil’s enrollment.

(Acts 1985, No. 85-538, p. 653, §9; Acts 1997, No. 97-416, p. 698, §1.)