(KMOV.com) – St. Charles Public Schools are enforcing new truancy rules which may have some parents headed to court facing a misdemeanor charge.
The district is enforcing the new truancy rule because 25 percent of students miss class every other week. The new rules consist of a truancy court, which starts next school year. After five unexcused absences, a deputy juvenile officer will put the student on a program to pin \-point the cause of the absences and how it can be resolved.
“The way we look at it is a lack of attendance is a tip of the iceberg and it can lead to all types of other things down the road so we're looking at just providing another resource,” said Ken Simmons, the 11th Circuit Court Juvenile Officer.
If parents participate with the school early on, then the student will be sent to juvenile court alone. However, with 86.2 percent of St. Charles Public School students attending class 90 percent of the time, uncooperative parents could be called into court and charged with a misdemeanor offense.
If parents are charged with a misdemeanor, they could face up to 15 days in jail and a $300 fine.