kathiewarren asks:

We are going to truancy court this week. What to expect?

I have a 14 year old daughter thats missing alot of day of school, now we have to go to court. what will happen after we go to court? what will they decide to do?
In Topics: Working with my child's teacher(s), School and Academics, Teen issues
> 60 days ago



Boys Town National Hotline
Mar 2, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

Much of what will happen depends on your school district and your state’s educational mandates.   Guidelines are set to allow a certain amount of days for absences and tardiness.  Other things which can be taken into account are your child’s school performance and if she has a prior juvenile court record.

Every situation is different, but in most cases the parents are held liable for their child’s absences from school.  If the judge determines that the child had a major part in missing school, with no fault of the parent, the child could be placed on probation.  It is possible if the judge determines that the parents were negligent, they could be fined as well as placed on probation.  In most cases, the parents and child will be ordered to follow through with a court ordered treatment plan which could include counseling or other services.

In chronic cases, a judge could possibly recommend the child attend a day program instead of regular school, or be sent to a residential treatment program if it is determined that the parents can not provide adequate supervision for their child.  

For the most accurate and up to date information, please contact your school’s district office and your county attorney.  You can also call our toll-free Hotline or visit our website anytime.  We are here for parents and children 24 hours, every day of the week.

Best wishes to you and your family,

Boys Town National Hotline

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