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Truancy, the silent misdemeanor:

We are coming down to the final stretch of the school year, but it is still possible to end up at court for habitual truancy. Under Kentucky law, if a student misses more than 3 days of school (consecutively or not) without an excuse, then that child is truant. If this happens more than once (meaning more than 6 unexcused absences) then that is habitual truancy.

Also under Kentucky law, the parent is held responsible for the child’s crime! The penalties range from $100 to $250 in fines. Here is a list of acceptable excused absences for Fayette County:

    Death or severe illness in the pupil’s immediate family;
    Illness of the pupil:
    After a total of ten (10) cumulative full-day absences due to illness, students are required to present a written statement from a medical professional (doctor, dentist, psychologist, etc.) for each additional absence for the school year in order to be excused.
    After a total of ten (10) cumulative tardies due to illness, students are required to present a written statement from a medical professional (doctor, dentist, psychologist, etc.) for each additional tardy for the school year in order to be excused.
    Religious holidays and practices approved in advance with the Principal;
    Medical and dental appointments (times and dates shall be verified by the physician’s signed statement);
    Students will be excused only for the length of time of a scheduled doctor’s appointment and a reasonable amount of travel time. Doctor’s excuses shall state the date(s) and/or number of days for which the student will be excused.
    Family emergencies requiring immediate attention are limited to three cumulative absent events per school year. Additional absent events must have the approval of the Principal to be excused. (An absent event is defined as tardy, half-day, or full-day absence.)
    One (1) day for attendance at the Kentucky State Fair per Kentucky State Law;
    Three (3) visits to colleges or universities approved in advance by the Principal and restricted to seniors. Documentation from the college visited will be required;
    Court appearance requiring the student’s attendance. Students will be excused only for the length of time of the scheduled court appearance; or
    Documented military leave;
    One (1) day prior to departure of parent/guardian called to active military duty;
    One (1) day upon the return of parent/guardian from active military duty;
    Up to ten (10) school days to pursue an educational enhancement opportunity determined by the Principal to be of significant educational value. This opportunity may include, but not be limited to, participation in an educational foreign exchange program or an intensive instructional, experiential, or performance program in one (1) of the core curriculum subjects of English, science, mathematics, social studies, foreign language, and the arts.

    Other valid reasons as determined by the Principal.

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April 22, 2007 - Posted by | Life & Law

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