Juvenile Truancy

The Truancy Court sees chronically truant youth, with the goal of eliminating truancy/unexcused absences, reducing the youths’ risk of involvement in the juvenile justice system, and increasing the youths’ chances of achieving academic success. The District Attorney’s Truancy Abatement Program (TAP) works closely with schools and families to bring about compliance with mandatory school attendance laws. Parents and students are expected to do their part in cooperating to resolve issues related to truancy. In most cases, a successful outcome will be demonstrated by voluntary compliance with the compulsory school attendance laws. However, in cases that do not result in satisfactory school attendance, criminal charges are filed against the minor and/or the minor's parents or guardians. At all times, the goal is to ensure that all students receive the education they so greatly need to develop into responsible, productive adults. If you have any questions regarding the District Attorney’s Truancy Abatement Program, please contact the Distric Attorney's Office.

Truancy Process