My 12-year-old son goes to a school where mandatory school attendance is top priority. My ex-husband and I share custody of our son. Half of the school year he stays with his dad and the other half, he stays with me. I received a letter in the mail telling me that my son had missed too many days of school and we were required to attend truancy court.
Needless to say, I was very angry. Apparently, my son’s stepmother was having a hard time getting up in the morning and getting them off to school. If you check the child in past a certain time, it is counted as a tardy. If you have a tardy three times, it counts as an absence. In all, my son had 14 absences and I had no idea. In truancy court, I explained the situation and made sure my son was with me the rest of that school year.
If my son had any more unexcused absences, he would be put on probation.