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Truancy Intervention Programs

The Ramsey County Attorney's Office has a Truancy Intervention Program which is designed to help schools and parents identify kids who are at risk for dropping out of school and coordinate resources to help them stay in school.  There are two programs, depending on the age of the student. 

Family Truancy Intervention Program:

Parents of children 11 years old and younger are responsible for ensuring their child attends school.  If children have unexcused absences, the school will contact the parent  or guardian to schedule an informational  meeting to emphasize the parent’s responsibility to ensure the student stays in school. 

If attendance doesn’t improve, the student and parents will be given special attention in a School Attendance Review Team hearing (with a representative from the Ramsey County Attorney's Office) where a plan/contract to improve attendance will be created. 

If attendance doesn’t improve, the Ramsey County Attorney's Office may take legal action against the parents.  This may result in consequences ranging from a fine to required participation in parenting classes or drug and alcohol treatment to removing the child from the home.

Truancy Intervention Program:

When a child is 12 or older and has unexcused absences, the school will first meet with the child and then with the child and their parents/guardians to discuss the importance of education to the student’s future and to emphasize that school attendance is mandatory. 

If attendance doesn’t improve, the student and parents will be given special attention in a School Attendance Review Team hearing (with a representative from the Ramsey County Attorney's Office) where a plan/contract to improve attendance will be created. 

If attendance doesn’t improve, the Ramsey County Attorney's Office may take legal action against the student, the parents, or both.  This may result in consequences ranging from fines, loss of driving privileges, probation supervision, removal form the home, placement in long-term residential treatment, or court-order house arrest.

To learn about either of these programs, talk with the Attendance staff at your child's school.  

Here is an explanation of the Truancy Intervention Program in Spanish: ¿Que pasa cuando los estudiantes mayores de 12 anos tienen ausencias sin justificar?