Sunday, July 23, 2006

District institutes sane truancy policy

Finally, it looks like DCPS is getting serious about truancy.
The D.C. public school system has adopted a new, more stringent attendance policy to curtail truancy and absenteeism.

A truancy task force led by the D.C. Board of Education made the emergency rule changes Wednesday.

Under the new rules, secondary students with five or more unexcused absences in a class for a single advisory period will receive a letter grade reduction for that subject. There are four such periods in a school year. A failing grade will be issued for 10 or more unexcused absences in that class.

Additionally, a student with 30 or more unexcused absences will not graduate to the next grade -- a change affecting elementary and secondary students.
Previous coverage here.


Mark Lerner said...

So if a parent decides to keep their child out of school because it is dangerous the child is punished. Truancy rules make no sense in a school system charactorized by violence, gun possession, and drug use.

Anonymous said...

Hospitals are know havens for germs, do you not take you child to the hospital for medical care because hospitals have germs ?

Try helping a truant student catch up with the class . . .