NEPN/NSBA Code: JHB 

TRUANCY 

TRUANCY DEFINED

A student is truant if he/she is required to attend school or alternative instruction under Maine compulsory attendance law (20-A M.R.S.A. § 5001-A) and he/she:

A. Is at least 7 years of age and has not completed grade 6 and has the equivalent of 6 full days of unexcused absences or 5 consecutive school days of unexcused absences during a school year; or

B. Has completed grade 6 and has the equivalent of 10 full days of unexcused absences or 7 consecutive school days of unexcused absences during a school year.

ATTENDANCE COORDINATOR(S)

The Superintendent shall appoint one or more attendance coordinators in accordance with state law. The duties of the attendance coordinator include, but are not limited to:

A. When a student's attendance is irregular, interviewing the student, if appropriate, and the parent/guardian to determine the cause of the irregular attendance and file a written report. 

B. Filing an annual report with the Superintendent summarizing school year activities, findings, and recommendations regarding truants;

C. Serving as a member of the Dropout Prevention Committee; and

D. Serving as the liaison between the school and the local law enforcement agency in matters pertaining to student absenteeism under Maine’s compulsory attendance and truancy laws (20-A M.R.S.A. § § 5001-A, 5051-A). 

TRUANCY PROCEDURES

Maine State Law 20-A MRSA § 5051-A (2) prescribes certain procedures that must be followed when a student is truant. Another provision, 20-A MRSA § 5051-A (B-1) requires the Superintendent to develop specific referral procedures. These laws will be adhered to when MSAD #4 develops the truancy procedures.  See Policy JHB-R.


ANNUAL REPORT TO COMMISSIONER

The Superintendent shall submit an annual report regarding truancy to the Commissioner by October 1. The report must identify the number of truants in the school administrative unit in the preceding school year; describe MSAD #4's efforts to deal with truancy; account for actions brought to enforce the truancy law; and include any other information on truancy requested by the Commissioner.

Legal Reference: 
20-A M.R.S.A. §§ 5001-A; 5051-A-5054-A
   22 MRSA § 4002

Adopted:      December 14, 2004
Reviewed:   December 21, 2010
Revised:      March 11, 2008, March 11, 2014, February 14, 2017


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