According to state regulations, a parent, guardian, or other person having charge of any child officially enrolled in Alabama public schools (K-12) shall explain in writing the cause of any and every absence of the child no later than three (3) school days following the return to school.A failure to furnish such explanation shall be evidence of the child being truant each day he is absent.The child shall also be deemed truant for any absence determined to be unexcused based upon the State Department regulations.Seven unexcused absences within a school year constitute a student being truant for the purpose of filing a petition with the court.
The Coffee County Court will assist the school system by implementing the Early Warning Prevention Program.This program will include:
First truancy/unexcused absence (warning)
a.Parent/guardian shall be notified by the school that the student was truant and the date of the truancy.
b.Parent/guardian will be referred to truancy policy found in the Parent/Student Information Guide or provided an additional copy of Alabama’s compulsory school attendance laws and advised of the penalties that can be applied and the procedures that shall be followed in the event that other unexcused absences occur.
No earlier than the fifth unexcused absence (conference)
a.The parent, guardian or person having control of the child shall attend a conference with the school officials and/or participate in the early warning program provided by the juvenile court.
b.Attendance at one of these conferences shall be mandatory except where prior arrangements have been made or an emergency exists.
c.Failure to appear at the school conference and/or appear at the early warning program shall result in the filing of a complaint/petition against the parent under Code of Alabama (1975), 816-28-12c (failure to cooperate), or a truancy against the child, whichever is appropriate.
No earlier than the seventh unexcused absence, but within ten (10) school days (court)
File complaint/petition against the child and/or parent/guardian, if appropriate.
Child under probation
a.The school attendance officer should be notified by the juvenile probation officer of all children in the school system under probation supervision by the juvenile court.
b.Where a child under probation is truant, the school attendance officer should immediately notify the juvenile probation officer.