Truancy Procedures for the 2019-2020 School Year
The Compulsory Attendance Law requires that all children aged 7-17 must attend school and that it is the responsibility of the parent to see that they attend.
School Districts: To report a truancy referral, please complete the Truant Student Referral Form. Please be sure to complete the entire form. Do not leave any areas blank and do not write “see attached” in the full day/partial day truant sections.
Attendance and Truancy
Referrals should be made only after all local resources have been exhausted with each truant. Suggested local interventions include SST meetings, parent meetings, IEP development, home visits, home calls, social worker involvement, liaison officer contacts and DCFS calls if other home issues are evident. Once these have been attempted, please go to the Truancy Referral form at the top of the page and complete the form.
Upon receiving a completed Truant Student Referral Form, a “first letter” will be sent to the parents explaining the law and informing them that it is their responsibility to get their child(ren) to school every day in a timely manner. A return-to-school deadline date will be included in a letter with a copy sent to the referring school official. Please review that letter and the return date. Please contact Paula Miller via email if the child does not return within one week of the deadline. Please do not contact Paula on the first day the student misses. We ask that you give the process one week to work while you contact parents, talk to the truant’s friends and follow up at your building level.
If the student does not return, or begins to fall back into the truant pattern after an initial return to school, please email Paula Miller with the new absence numbers. A second letter will then be sent. Follow the same process for the third letter and the parent conference. If, after three letters and a school/parent/student truancy officer conference, the child is still truant, this will be referred back to the district and a truancy ticket issued. Juvenile court is no longer taking truancy referrals. Do not complete a new referral form when informing Ms. Miller of a continued truancy after the first letter is sent. The first form is enough for the files.
For questions or more information, contact Paula Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is easier to reach Paula via email, but you can also leave her a voice message at 847-803-6704.