Parents prosecuted for kids’ truancy
A two-year effort to fight truancy in San Francisco schools has resulted in a 23% drop of elementary school students skipping school. In the same period middle schools saw a 4% drop, but high schools numbers increased slightly.
School attendance in California, as in many states, is mandatory from ages 6 to 18. The school district and local prosecutor worked together in identifying students with more than 10 unexcused absences. Efforts included meeting with the parents and, where appropriate, offering community and mental health services, and assignment of social workers.
Parents were also explained the legal consequences of truancy, such as court action and fines. In at least seven cases, parents were taken to court. Their children had missed at least 40 days of the 180-day school year. Penalties against parents range from fines to community service work, oftentimes at their child’s school.
Hauling parents into court is not just a California trend – it’s catching on around the country. So, don’t skip school or your parents may pay the price.
For more about mandatory school attendance, see: http://askthejudge.info/do-i-have-to-go-to-school/38/