BCISD Truancy Policy

 

TRUANCY PREVENTION PLAN

 

Brooks County ISD is implementing a Truancy Prevention Plan that targets all students and utilizes a series of progressive steps to hold child and parents/guardians accountable for truancy. Several critical elements of our program are to include the following:

 *Parent/guardian involvement

 *A continuum of services, including meaningful incentives, consequences and supports

 *Collaboration with community resources, such as law enforcement, mental health, mentoring and Social services/Child Protective Services

 *School building-level administrative support and commitment to maintaining our children in a sound and effective educational program

 *Ongoing evaluation, including meaningful and relevant outcome data geared toward increasing protective factors and reducing attendance concerns.

The steps for our Truancy Prevention Plan are as follows:

1. A school attendant will call parents if their child is absent.

2. The parent will be given 3 days to turn in the excuse.

3. Parents/guardians whose children continue to have attendance problems are required to attend a School Attendance Review Team (SART) meeting to collaborate and design an attendance contract signed by all parties in the SART meeting.

4. If the student/ parent/guardian does not meet the requirements of the Attendance Contract, court referrals will be filed.

Truancy Prevention Measures:

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1) 1ST UNEXCUSED ABSENCE – Parent Contact & Student Conference

2) 2nd UNEXCUSED ABSENCE – Parent Contact, Lunch Detention, Truancy Video, Parent Warning Letter

3) 3rd UNEXCUSED ABSENCE – Parent Contact, Lunch Detention, Truancy Video, Home Visit, Parent Attendance Contract

4) 4th UNEXCUSED ABSENCE – Parent Contact, Lunch Detention, Truancy Video, Home Visit, Counseling with student

5) 5th - 10th UNEXCUSED ABSENCES – Parent Contact, Lunch Detention, Truancy Video, Home Visit, Counseling with student and parent, Saturday Detention

6) 11th or MORE UNEXCUSED ABSENCES – TRUANCY CHARGES WILL BE FILED ON STUDENT AND PARENT

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