Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, school districts must measure absences in hours, rather than days, and must adhere to new laws regarding student discipline, as a result of HB 410. The new law substantially changes the truancy law and requires school districts to prepare and implement policies that emphasize intervention strategies for chronically absent students.
The new law eliminates the concept of "chronic truancy" and instead categorizes all students with excessive absences as "habitually truant." The school district must send written notification to the parent or legal custodian of any student who is absent, with or without legitimate excuse, for 38 hours in a month or for 65 hours in a year. The notice must be sent within seven school days of the absence that triggers the habitual truancy designation.
Under the new law (and beginning on July 1, 2017), the intervention strategy policy is required for all school districts.
Please click on the link below for the New Attendance Addendum to the Parent/ Student Handbook. All students will receive this information on the first day back to school.