Truancy

Failure to Comply with Compulsory Attendance

  • All Grade Levels

    School employees must investigate and report violations of the compulsory attendance law.

    A student absent without permission from school, any class, any required special program, or any required tutorial will be considered in violation of the compulsory attendance law and subject to disciplinary action.

    Students with Disabilities

    If a student with a disability is experiencing attendance issues, the student’s ARD or Section 504 committee will determine whether the attendance issues warrant an evaluation, a reevaluation, and/or modifications to the student's individualized education program or Section 504 plan, as appropriate.

    Ages 6–18

    When a student ages 6–18 incurs three or more unexcused absences within a four-week period, the law requires the school to send notice to the parent.

    The notice will:

    • Remind the parent of his or her duty to monitor the student’s attendance and require thestudent to attend school;
    • Request a conference between school administrators and the parent; and
    • Inform the parent that the district will initiate truancy prevention measures, including abehavior improvement plan, school-based community service, referrals to counseling or othersocial services, or other appropriate measures.

    The truancy prevention facilitator for the district is Jeff Hastings. For any questions about student absences, parents should contact the facilitator or any other campus administrator.

    A court of law may impose penalties against the parent if a school-aged student is deliberately not attending school. The district may file a complaint against the parent if the student incurs ten or more unexcused absences within a six-month period in the same school year.

    If a student age 12–18 incurs ten or more unexcused absences within a six-month period in the same school year, the district, in most circumstances, will refer the student to truancy court.

    [See policies FEA(LEGAL) and FED(LEGAL) for more information.]

    Age 19 and Older

    After a student age 19 or older incurs a third unexcused absence, the district is required by law to send the student a letter explaining that the district may revoke the student’s enrollment for the remainder of the school year if the student has more than five unexcused absences in a semester. As an alternative to revoking a student’s enrollment, the district may implement a behavior improvement plan.