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“Today the School, Tomorrow the World. Global Education for a Global Society” • Students ages 14-17 with fifteen (15) unexcused absences will be referred to Court Social Services. • Students, ages 5-13, with fifteen (15) unexcused absences will be referred to Office of Attorney General. • Course grades or year-end promotion may be affected by unexcused absences. Course grades or year-end promotion may be affected by unexcused absences. If you have questions, please request a meeting with your school’s attendance counselor, social worker or student support team to discuss your child’s attendance concerns. FAQs Is school attendance required? Yes. School attendance is required by law for all students who reach five years of age on or before September 30 of the current school year. Students must attend school daily until they meet high school graduation requirements or reach their 18th birthday. What is the school attendance law? The District of Columbia Compulsory School Attendance Law 8-247 and DC Municipal Regulations Title V Ch. 21govern mandatory school attendance and the ways schools must respond when students are truant. The Compulsory School Attendance Law states that parents/guardians who fail to have their children attend school are subject to the following: • Truancy charges may be filed against the student or parent; • Neglect charges may be filed against the parent; • Parents may be fined or jailed; • School-aged students may be picked up by law enforcement officers during school hours for suspected truancy; • Students may be referred to Court Diversion and other community based interventions; • Students will be referred to SST’s and school based intervention services; • Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) will receive notice of all students with 10 or more unexcused; and Parents and students may be assigned community service and placed under court supervision/probation. 31

“Today the School, Tomorrow the World. Global Education for a Global Society” What is truancy? Truancy is the unexcused absence from school by a minor (5-17 years of age) with or without approval, parental knowledge, or consent. What happens when a truant is picked up by police? All uniformed law enforcement officers in the District are responsible for truancy enforcement. • Students are transported in a police vehicle to their school. • Parents are notified of the student’s truancy status. Parents and students attend a truancy conference at the local school. Support Services DCPS is committed to serving all students residing in the District of Columbia, including homeless children and youth. A homeless student is defined as a child without a regular, fixed, and adequate nighttime residence. The child may live in a shelter, a temporary home, a motel, a car, a campground, or on the street. Homeless children may also be living temporarily with relatives or friends because of a loss of permanent housing. Neediest Kids Fund/Bridge to Success Neediest Kids is a charitable organization, now associated with National Council for Children and Families that provides emergency resources to help students whose basic needs might otherwise go unmet. The organization’s mission is to help meet immediate needs of students so they can stay in school and reach their full potential. At present, DCPS school staff can request uniforms, shoes, and groceries/personal items/medicines to supports student needs. To learn more about supports offered by this program contact your school counselor or teacher. 32

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