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past or future absences. *Attendance officer= App./Wayne Co. Sheriff’s Depts. or designee [Example-Juvenile Court Liaison Officer].

Step 2: When the student has missed Seven unexcused days within a semester, the Principal/attendance officer will schedule a joint meeting with the child (if older than 10), the students parent(s) and the attendance officer.  The administrator will use the plan described below during this conference.

a) Get the student and parent(s) involved in dialogue on the causes for the lack of attendance. Identify specific issues that need to be addressed.

b) Discuss what the family wants from the school.

c) Determine the consequences of the absences on the student's future and current problems caused by previous absences.

d) Ask the family to sign a release form to allow the school district, county attorney, juvenile court liaison officer, and the department of human services to exchange information that may help provide the family assistance in addressing the attendance problem.

e) Help the family and the student develop an acceptance plan to make attendance a priority for the remainder of the semester and to correct current problems due to absences.  This plan will be placed in writing and it may include changes to be made by the school in order to respond to the student's needs.

f) Upon successful completion of a preliminary plan between the student, family, and school, a commitment in writing will be made to follow the plan.

After the commitment is made the attendance officer will continue to monitor student attendance and will make student/family contacts regarding any further concerns they may have with the plan.

Step3:  If attendance continues to be a problem, and/or the student achieves eight unexcused absences in a semester, and/or the student is truant three times during the semester, a written summary of past actions is prepared and the matter is referred to the Wayne County Attorney for prosecution or mediation.  If a mediator is appointed the following steps will be taken.

a) The mediator will contact the parent(s) and attendance officer to arrange a conference.

  b) The mediator will review records established to date and shall attempt to ascertain the cause of the child's nonattendance; attempt to cause the parent(s) and child to identify needed changes in the plan developed with the principal that should result in acceptable school attendance, and shall initiate referrals to any agencies or counseling that the mediator believes to be appropriate under the circumstances.  If the parent(s) refuses to engage in mediation the matter is re-directed to the County Attorney.

c) The mediator will schedule a meeting with the school Principal, any teachers cited in the family's new proposal, the child, the parent(s), and the attendance officer.  This group, led by the mediator, will seek to agree on a final plan (mediation agreement) which shall set forth the settlement of the issues and future responsibilities of each party.  If the plan is violated by the parent(s), or a plan agreeable to all parties cannot be reached, the matter will be referred to the county attorney.

d) Parents shall be billed for 50% of the mediator's cost if their child is eligible for free lunches, 75% of the costs if eligible for reduced lunches, and 100% of the costs if they are not currently eligible for free or reduced lunches.

Step 4: On the ninth unexcused absence within a semester the case is referred to the County Attorney and he/she will begin taking all justified legal action allowed under Iowa statues.

Truancy

A student absent from school, study hall, or assigned area without the knowledge and consent of the school shall be considered truant. Specifically, a student will be declared truant should any of the following conditions exist:

Failure to report to school without the knowledge and consent of parents or guardians.

Leaving the school building or grounds without first obtaining permission from the office.

Failure to report to class, assigned study hall, or other area without permission of the office, nurse, or scheduled faculty member.

Leaving any assigned area without the knowledge of the person in charge.

Consequences for Truancy

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