One of the top priorities with the ChristianCountyPublicSchools it to address the issue of truancy. Parents have the difficult task of managing the lives of their children. There exists no greater challenge than tackling the many difficulties that confront young people. However, education (or lack thereof) has the potential to affect them for the rest of their lives. In other words, the success of a student at school depends greatly on the punctuality and regularity of attendance.

Kentuckylaw states that any child who has been absent from school without a valid excuse for three (3) days, or is tardy on three (3) or more days, is a truant. Any child who has been reported as truant two (2) or more times is a habitual truant. An absence will be calculated on an exact percentage of the day rather than in half-day or whole-day increments. Events will be assigned when a student is absent for more than sixty (60) minutes of the school day. If the student fails to comply with truancy laws, the parent, guardian, or custodian of a public school student who has not reached his/her eighteenth birthday is accountable.

Remember, when students are absent from school, they are missing direct instruction from the teacher that can never be totally recaptured. Regular school attendance is a part of the learning process. Truancy is not the problem. It’s an indicator of several other problems. Students, parents, and the community all benefit when students attend school. Education is a good long-term investment for everyone.