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JBE     Truancy   (See JBD)     

        In order to maximize opportunities for learning, students are expected to be in attendance at school every day and for all classes in which they are enrolled.  District and building administrators will aggressively enforce truancy statutes to insure that students are in attendance at all times. Each school principal shall designate a person to report students who have unexcused absences that constitute a truancy to the appropriate authority. Truancy is defined as any three consecutive unexcused absences, any five unexcused absences in a semester or seven unexcused absences in a school year, whichever occurs first.  Students who are absent without excuse for one or more class period(s) at the secondary level or one or more hours at the elementary level shall have that time counted as unexcused. The school year means the period from July 1 to June 30. When a student becomes truant, the principal shall send a letter to the student's parent notifying him/her that the student's continued failure to attend school without a valid excuse shall result in the student being reported to the appropriate authority. This letter shall be sent before reporting the truancy to either Social and Rehabilitation Services (S.R.S.), if the student is less than 13 years of age, or the county or district attorney, if the student is 13 or more years of age but less than 18 years of age.

        Involvement of Law Enforcement

        Law enforcement officers may return truant children to the school where the child is enrolled, to the child's parent or to another location designated by the board.
        Reporting to Parents

        If a truant child is returned to school by a law enforcement official, the principal shall notify the parent.   

        Waiver of Compulsory Attendance Requirements

        Students 16 or 17 years of age may be exempted from compulsory attendance regulations:

*  if a parent attends the counseling session required by law and signs the appropriate consent and waiver form.

*  if the student earns a GED.

*  if the student is exempted from compulsory attendance requirements pursuant to a court order.

        Dual Enrollment Students (See IDCE)

        Students who are enrolled in a dual enrollment program approved by the administration shall not be considered truant for the hours during the school day they attend classes at a Regent's university, Washburn University, community college, technical college, vocational educational school or other accredited post-secondary institutions approved by the administration.

Approved: July 1, 2001
Amended: January 13, 2003
Reviewed by Board Policy Committee:  September 20, 2004
Amended:  October 25, 2004
Amended:  January 9, 2006
Amended:  November 13, 2006
Reviewed by Board Policy Committee:  January 23, 2008
Amended:  March 10, 2008
Amended:  May 24, 2010