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Truancy (JBE)

Unless reporting would violate the terms of any memorandum of understanding between the district and the authority to which reports would be made, the building principal shall report students who are inexcusably absent from school to the appropriate authority.

Truancy is defined as any three consecutive unexcused absences, any five unexcused absences in a semester, or seven unexcused absences in a school year, whichever comes first. School year means the period from July 1 to June 30. Students who are absent without a valid excuse for a significant part of any school day shall be considered truant.

Prior to reporting to either S.R.S. (if the student is under 13) or the county or district attorney (if the student is 13 or more years of age but less than 18 years of age), a letter shall be sent to the student's parent(s) or guardian notifying them that the student's failure to attend school without a valid excuse shall result in the student being reported truant.

Waiver of Compulsory Attendance Requirements

Students 16 or 17 years of age may be exempt from compulsory attendance regulations if the parent(s) or person acting as parent attend(s) the counseling session required by law and signs the appropriate consent and waiver form; if the student earns a GED; or if the student is exempt from compulsory attendance requirements pursuant to a court order.

Involvement of Law Enforcement

Law enforcement officers may return truant children to the school where the child is enrolled, to the child's parent or guardian or to another location designated by the board to address truancy issues.

Reporting to Parents

If a truant child is returned to school by a law enforcement official, the principal shall notify the parent or guardian.

Dual Enrollment Students

Eligible students who are enrolled in a board-approved dual enrollment program shall not be considered truant for the hours during the school day they attend classes at a Regent's university, community college, technical college, vocational educational school or Washburn University.

Approved: November 16, 1998
Revised: February 11, 2008
Revised: August 9, 2010
Revised: September 2012
Revised: August 2016
The following information is provided by the Kansas Department of Education:

The following analysis was based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010, Bureau of the Census. Data below are annual averages for persons 25 and over, and are for full-time wage and salary workers. This information may be used in the final counseling session.

Less than a high school diploma $941,000
High school graduate $1,266,000
Some college, no degree $1,518,000
Associate degree $1,620,000
Bachelor's degree $2,402,000
Professional degree $3,073,000
Doctoral degree $3,707,000

Academic skills a student may not have achieved: reading, writing, arithmetic/mathematics, listening, speaking, leadership, knowing how to learn, using computer to process information, responsibility, problem solving, being a team member, being able to work with cultural diversity, evaluating information, interpreting information, self-management, self-esteem, sociability, thinking skills and decision-making.

JBE Truancy

(From KASB Forms Book)





            I,      (Name of Parent(s) or Person Acting As Parent)   , understand that pursuant to Kansas law, (Name of Student)  is required to attend school until he/she receives a high school diploma or general educational development (GED) credential or reaches the age of 18, whichever occurs first.

            Pursuant to K.S.A. 72-3120, as amended, Unified School District No. ___ encourages ___ (Name of Student)      to remain in school or to pursue an education alternative.

            The academic skills listed below have not been achieved by ____ (Name of Student)__:


            Based on       (Source of Information)               the difference in future earning power between a high school graduate and a high school drop out is ________________.

                  Name of Student)      is encouraged to attend one of the following area alternative education programs in order to aid  Name of Student  in obtaining a high school diploma, a general education development credential, or other certification of completion, such as a career technical education industry certification:

 (List any programs that may be available.  Contact information for accredited private schools, virtual schools, and virtual programs can be found at  The statutory language suggests an "alternative learning plan" could also include extended learning opportunities such as independent study, private instruction, performing groups, internships, community service, apprenticeships, and online coursework.) _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

            I (we), the undersigned, hereby give written consent to allow      Name of Student     , who is [16]  [17] years of age, to be exempt from the Kansas compulsory attendance requirement and state we have attended the final counseling session conducted by USD No. ___ in which the above information was presented to us.

_____________________________________   _____________________________________

Signature of Student                                         Signature of Parent(s) or Person

Acting as Parent

_____________________________________   _____________________________________

Date                                                                 Date


Form updated: November 12, 2018