Board Policies


Adoption Date: Sep 08, 2006
5201AG - HABITUAL TRUANCY GUIDELINES

HABITUAL TRUANCY

 

 

Administrators and other employees must work to get at the root cause for student truancy. Please see administrative guidelines for Policy 5200 as an additional resource. In addition, these steps are expected:

 

  1. Investigate the cause of the behavior
  2. Involve the parents/caregivers early and frequently
  3. Consider any necessary educational program modifications
  4. Follow Corporation policies and administrative guidelines regarding student discipline
  5. Revoke work permits
  6. Insure parents are aware of their legal responsibilities under I.C. 20-8.1-3-33
  7. Report to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles
  8. Contact Grant County Probation
  9. Contact Division of Families and Children
  10. Document all interventions carefully
  11. Forward documentation to Grant County Prosecutor’s Office.

 

GRANT COUNTY TRUANCY PROGRAM

 

OBJECTIVE: To reduce the student truancies at Grant County Schools by providing a monitoring system that calls for immediate accountability for unexcused absences.

 

GOALS:

  1. Establish a system that provides short-term response and punishment for any violation of mandatory attendance law by a previously adjudicated truant Student and parent to be immediately of violation.
  2. Eliminate the allegation of “pseudo-illness”. All illnesses shall be approved by school medical professional. This will ensure the student makes it to school each morning either to attend school or verify illness.
  3. Hold students and parents accountable by requiring attendance at a hearing scheduled within 5 days of the absence. Provide for negative response to any violations.

 

PROCEDURE

 

RESPONSIBLE PARTY

ACTION

GRANT COUNTY JUVENILE COURT

IDENTIFY TRUANTS AND ADVISEMENT OF RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Any student adjudicated to be “Truant” will be advised that during their term of probation, they will attend school every day. No absences will be excused unless verified that same day by the school. Parental participate will be ordered that includes assurance that the child will attend school or submit themselves to the school nurse on days that the child is ill. Parents and child will be notified of the mandatory court appearance for any violation as required by the scheduling of a hearing below.

 

NOTE: Original filing of Petition Alleging Delinquency for Violation of Mandatory Appearance will be consistent with current practices. Students violating the Mandatory Attendance statute will be identified by the schools and referred to the Grant County Prosecutor’s Office.

 

 

SCHOOL SYSTEM

MONITOR ATTENDANCE OF TRUANTS

  1. Verify/Validate Illness
    1. The school will provide a medical professional to approve any absence. A school nurse will be made available at the beginning of each school day to verify/validate a student’s medical condition. The school nurse will only be allowed to approve or deny the student’s request. No private physician will be permitted to “post-validate” (i.e. validate an absence after the fact).
  2. Each school will track the attendance of any student that is presently on the “list”. If a truant did not show up for school and was not verified “ill” by the school nurse, the School shall notify Grant County Probation of the violation (by 11:00 a.m.).

 

 

GRANT COUNTY SHERIFF

FILE PETITION FOR VIOLATION OF MANDATORY ATTENDANCE

  1. Petition for Violation of Mandatory Attendance (against student) and Rule to Show Cause (against parent) will be filed by the Grant County Prosecutor.
    1. Hearing on the Petition will be scheduled as follows: if day of violation is Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, the hearing will be scheduled for Friday of that same week at 8:00 a.m. If the day of the attendance violation is Thursday or Friday, then the hearing will be the following Monday at 8:00 a.m.
    2. Service of the Petition will take place on the day of the violation or by noon the following day. This will be accomplished by the Grant County Sheriff.
    3. Petition will require attendance of parent and student at hearing.

 

 

GRANT COUNTY JUVENILE COURT, PROSECUTOR, PROBATION, PUBLIC DEFENDER, PARENT AND CHILD

HEARING ON VIOLATION

Hearing to be held as indicated above. Disposition will be same day as hearing (if admission). Disposition could include:

  1. Detention if Verified Court Order was issued at Initial Determination of Truant
  2. Community Service
  3. Determination of Contempt of Court of parent

 

References:
Policy 5200 & 5201
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