Exceptional Children, Extraordinary Potential

Attendance, Un-enrollment, Truancy

OPI Guidance pages 92 and 93:

If a student does not attend school for 10 consecutive days, is the school district required to un-enroll the student? No. A school district is not required to un-enroll a student because they have missed 10 consecutive days of school. The so called 10-day rule is only for when school districts are submitting the enrollment count for the annual number belonging (ANB). School districts must follow their own district policy to end enrollment for students.

Can a student on an IEP be found truant?  Yes. A student on an IEP could be found truant. Truant means "the persistent nonattendance without excuse, as defined by district policy, for all or any part of a school day equivalent to the length of one class period of a child required to attend school..." If a school district's attendance officer finds a child is truant, they may make a reasonable effort to notify the parent or guardian. If the child is discovered truant after the attendance officer has made a reasonable effort to notify the parent or guardian, then the attendance officer may require the parent or guardian and child to meet with an individual designated by the school district to formulate a truancy plan. If the parent or guardian fails to meet with the designated individual or fails to uphold the responsibilities of the plan, the attendance officer may refer the matter to the prosecuting attorney in a court of competent jurisdiction for a determination regarding whether to prosecute the parent or guardian.

When does an IEP team need to consider a student's excessive absences or truancy?  The IEP team should consider a student's excessive absences when the student's absences are adversely affecting the student's learning. If a student's behavior impedes their learning or the learning of others, then the IEP team must consider the use of positive behavior interventions and supports, as well as other strategies to address the behavior. An IEP team may need to consider additional evaluations of the student to determine the cause of the behavior. Such evaluations may include, for example, functional behavioral assessments or psychological evaluations.