JBE Truancy (See AEB, IDCE, JBD, and JQ)
Unless reporting would violate the terms of any memorandum of understanding between
the district and the authority to which reports would be made, the building principal shall report
students who are inexcusably absent from school to the appropriate authority.
Truancy is defined as any three consecutive unexcused absences, any five unexcused
absences in a semester, or seven unexcused absences in a school year, whichever comes first.
School year means the period from July 1 to June 30. Students who are absent without a valid
excuse for a significant part of any school day shall be considered truant.
Prior to reporting to either the Department of Children and Families (if the student is under
13) or the county or district attorney (if the student is 13 or more years of age but less than 18
years of age), a letter shall be sent to the student's parent(s) or guardian notifying them that the
student's failure to attend school without a valid excuse shall result in the student being reported
Waiver of Compulsory Attendance Requirements
Students 16 or 17 years of age may be exempt from compulsory attendance regulations
if the parent(s) or person acting as parent attend(s) the counseling session required by law and
signs the appropriate consent and waiver form; if the student earns a GED; or if the student is
exempt from compulsory attendance requirements pursuant to a court order.
Involvement of Law Enforcement
Law enforcement officers may return truant children to the school where the child is
enrolled, to the child's parent or guardian, or to another location designated by the board to
address truancy issues.
Reporting to Parents
If a truant child is returned to school by a law enforcement official, the principal shall
notify the parent or guardian.
Dual Enrollment Students
Eligible students who are enrolled in a board-approved dual enrollment program shall not
be considered truant for the hours during the school day they attend classes at a Regent's university,
community college, technical college, vocational educations school, or Washburn University.
Approved: KASB Recommendation – 7/96; 9/97; 8/98; 7/02; 6/04; 6/06; 4/07; 6/10; 7/12
Revised & Approved: July 18, 2016