JHB-R Truancy Procedures
NEPN/NSBA Code: JHB-R 

TRUANCY PROCEDURES 
Truant Law
(Ages 7-17)


Grades K-6     Seven (7) full days of unexcused absences or five (5) consecutive school days of unexcused absences during a school year.

Grade 7-12     Ten (10) full days of unexcused absences or seven (7) consecutive school days of unexcused absences during a school year.

Excused absences include:
  1.      Personal illness; 
  2.      An appointment with a health professional that must be made during the regular school day; 
  3.      Observance of a recognized religious holiday when the observance is required during the regular school    day; 
  4.      Family emergency; 
  5.      A planned absence for a personal or educational purpose that has been approved; an education disruption resulting from homelessness, a medical emergency, foster care placement, youth development placement or some other out-of-district placement that is not otherwise authorized by either an individual education plan or a superintendent’s transfer agreement.


Step 1.        If the student reaches truant status, the Principal will send a tracking letter with attendance policy/truancy policy and attendance report  attached and send a copy to the Director of Special Services on all special education students, and to the Superintendent.  This letter will ask the parent/guardian to meet with the principal to set-up interventions and strategies to help with the student's attendance.

                    Intervention Strategies

                    Following are examples of Truancy Intervention Strategies that may also be effective:

            1.     Call home from teacher/teaching team, guidance, Principal
            2.     E-mail home from teacher/teaching team, guidance, Principal
            3.     Letter home from teacher/teaching team, guidance, Principal
            4.     Contact to social worker/case worker
            5.     Contact DHHS if appropriate
            6.     SAT meeting
            7.     Home visit
            8      Call law enforcement if appropriate

Step 2.    If the student continues to be truant, the Principal will send a hand-delivered certified letter home stating that the student is now truant and mark the student as “Identified but Not Resolved” (1A – Infinite Campus).

If the issue is resolved, the Principal will then mark the student as “Resolved by Informal Administrative Action” (1B – Infinite Campus).

Step 3.     If the issue remains unresolved, the Principal will notify the Superintendent of Schools. The Superintendent or designee will send a certified letter marked “Official Parent/Guardian Notification” (IC – Infinite Campus). The Superintendent or designee will follow procedures in 20A MRSA 5051-A (2) (C) until resolved which could include a referral to DHHS.


Adopted:      March 11, 2008
Reviewed:   December 21, 2010
Revised:      May 12, 2009, March 11, 2014, February 14, 2017


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