Truancy Defined

Truancy is defined by Ohio Revised Code, Section 3313.609, as “any absence that is not excused.”

CONSEQUENCES OF TRUANCY
2 Unexcused Absences: Formal notification letter sent to parent/student.
5 Unexcused Absences: Truancy intervention group meeting @ the district.
9 Unexcused Absences: Truancy intervention meeting for 5-day meeting “no-shows.”
Final Court Warning. Verbalized or sent to parent who missed both 5/9-day meetings.

Important Notes: 1) Parents/Guardians who attend the 5-day intervention meeting need not attend any further truancy meeting unless they request a special meeting with the principal, attendance officer and/or a truancy court official. 2) Formal court proceedings may be initiated without utilizing the above sequence. 3) Schools may also impose their own sanctions for students who accumulate unexcused absences/tardies.  4) According to ORC 3321.13(B) the Board may authorize the Superintendent to establish a hearing and notification procedure for the purpose of denying a student’s driving privileges if that student of compulsory school age has been absent without legitimate excuse for more than 10 consecutive days or a total of at least 7 days during semester.

TRUANCY CHARGES FILED IN COURT
Truancy charges may be filed against students (12+ y/o) who become chronic or habitual truants.
“Contributing” charges may be filed against the parent(s).

Chronic Truancy (Delinquency)
7 consecutive unexcused absences.
10 unexcused absences in four (4) weeks.
15 unexcused absences in a school year.

Habitual Truancy (Unruly)
5 consecutive unexcused absences.
7 unexcused absences in four (4) weeks.
12 unexcused absences in a school year.
Students admitting to the truancy charge or adjudicated as unruly/delinquent for truancy (and parents/guardians who have pled or been found guilty of a “contributing” charge) may be ordered by the Juvenile Court to accumulate no further unexcused absences or tardies. A Violation of Court Order or Community Control Violation may be filed against the student/parent/guardian for future unexcused absences or tardies. Juvenile Court may retain jurisdiction of students until they graduate, obtain their GED or attain 21 years of age.

Non-Attending 18-year olds
When students have 5 consecutive unexcused absences:
Students and parents will receive a letter warning student will be withdrawn from school when student has 15 consecutive unexcused absences.
At 15 unexcused consecutive absences, the student will be withdrawn from school.  A letter will be sent to the student and the parent stating the student is withdrawn from school
Student will be withdrawn using code 73 (over 18 years of age).
Student may re-enroll in the district when committed to continuing their education.

WARREN COUNTY INTER-SCHOOL ATTENDANCE AGREEMENT
Student attendance records shall be maintained for students moving from one Warren County school district to another district within the county. This includes all provisions of this policy (excused/unexcused absences, steps in the truancy process, et. al.).
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