By law, students age 6-17 are required to attend school. An Attendance Intervention Plan(AIP) must be completed by a school representative for students who have missed 3 consecutive or 5 unlawful days. This AIP meeting is held with the student, parent/guardian, and school representatives. This is an intervention on the school level to address the issues that have prevented the student(s) from not attending school as required by law.
- If a student between the age of 12 and 16, obtains two more unlawful absences after completing the AIP, they will be classified as a habitual truant and the AIP will be sent to the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Students and families will then receive notification from DJJ and/or family court to answer for the absences.
For more information, please contact your school attendance clerk.
- The parents or guardians of students under the age of 12 will be referred to the Department of Social Services for possible educational neglect.
Chronic absenteeism is something school districts across the country are working to measure and address. As chronic absenteeism becomes a more broadly-used term to describe students frequently absent from school, it’s important to note it is not the same as truancy.
A recent study by the U.S. Department of Educations shows that about 20 percent of high school students are chronically absent from school. The same study shows that those students are also more likely to fail core subjects and drop out of school.
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