To ensure children are present every day and succeed in school, we use a three-step process:
1. An Assistant County Attorney meets with parents of children (and children over 12 years old) to discuss why the child is missing school and the lifelong benefits of education, and also to educate parents on the compulsory education law and the steps we take to enforce it.
Good news! 79% of students improve their attendance after step one!
2. If attendance does not improve, parents (and children over 12 years old) are given the opportunity to participate in a Student Attendance Review Team (SART) hearing, during which we will create a contract to address the reasons for the child’s absence.
3. If attendance still does not improve after the first two steps, the County Attorney will bring the matter to court. If a child is younger than 12 years, legal action will be taken against the parents. If a child is 12 years or older, legal action will be taken against the student, the parents or both.