Truancy Court

Attendance in school and participation in class are an integral part of academic achievement and the teaching-learning process. Regular attendance develops patterns of behavior essential to professional and personal success in life. Regular attendance by every student is mandatory: the State of North Carolina requires that every child in the State between the ages of seven (or younger if enrolled) and 16 years attend school. Parents or legal guardians have the responsibility for ensuring that students attend and remain at school daily. Parents are subject to the compulsory school attendance law.

 

Article 26.

Attendance.

Part 1. Compulsory Attendance.

§ 115C-378. Children required to attend.

(a) Every parent, guardian or custodian in this State having charge or control of a child between the ages of seven and 16 years shall cause the child to attend school continuously for a period equal to the time which the public school to which the child is assigned shall be in session. Every parent, guardian, or custodian in this State having charge or control of a child under age seven who is enrolled in a public school in grades kindergarten through two shall also cause the child to attend school continuously for a period equal to the time which the public school to which the child is assigned shall be in session unless the child has withdrawn from school.

(b) No person shall encourage, entice or counsel any child of compulsory school age to be unlawfully absent from school. The parent, guardian, or custodian of a child shall notify the school of the reason for each known absence of the child, in accordance with local school board policy.

(c) The principal, superintendent, or a designee of the principal or superintendent shall have the right to excuse a child temporarily from attendance on account of sickness or other unavoidable cause that does not constitute unlawful absence as defined by the State Board of Education. The term "school" as used in this section includes all public schools and any nonpublic schools which have teachers and curricula that are approved by the State Board of Education.

(d) All nonpublic schools receiving and instructing children of compulsory school age shall be required to make, maintain, and render attendance records of those children and maintain the minimum curriculum standards required of public schools. If a nonpublic school refuses or neglects to make, maintain, and render required attendance records, attendance at that school shall not be accepted in lieu of attendance at the public school of the district to which the child shall be assigned. Instruction in a nonpublic school shall not be regarded as meeting the requirements of the law unless the courses of instruction run concurrently with the term of the public school in the district and extend for at least as long a term.

(e) The principal or the principal's designee shall notify the parent, guardian, or custodian of his or her child's excessive absences after the child has accumulated three unexcused absences in a school year. After not more than six unexcused absences, the principal or the principal's designee shall notify the parent, guardian, or custodian by mail that he or she may be in violation of the Compulsory Attendance Law and may be prosecuted if the absences cannot be justified under the established attendance policies of the State and local boards of education. Once the parents are notified, the school attendance counselor shall work with the child and the child's family to analyze the causes of the absences and determine steps, including adjustment of the school program or obtaining supplemental services, to eliminate the problem. The attendance counselor may request that a law enforcement officer accompany him or her if the attendance counselor believes that a home visit is necessary.

(f) After 10 accumulated unexcused absences in a school year, the principal or the principal's designee shall review any report or investigation prepared under G.S. 115C-381 and shall confer with the student and the student's parent, guardian, or custodian, if possible, to determine whether the parent, guardian, or custodian has received notification pursuant to this section and made a good faith effort to comply with the law. If the principal or the principal's designee determines that the parent, guardian, or custodian has not made a good faith effort to comply with the law, the principal shall notify the district attorney and the director of social services of the county where the child resides. If the principal or the principal's designee determines that the parent, guardian, or custodian has made a good faith effort to comply with the law, the principal may file a complaint with the juvenile court counselor pursuant to Chapter 7B of the General Statutes that the child is habitually absent from school without a valid excuse. Upon receiving notification by the principal or the principal's designee, the director or social services shall determine whether to undertake an investigation under G.S 7B-302.

(g) Documentation that demonstrates that the parents, guardian, or custodian were notified and that the child has accumulated 10 absences which cannot be justified under the established attendance policies of the local board shall constitute prima facie evidence that the child's parent, guardian, or custodian is responsible for the absences.

 

 

2016 – 2017

I-SS Truancy Worker Assignments

 

        School Social Workers  / Attendance Counselors      Principals

Michele Freeze

(704) 832-2525 office

(704) 437-0795 cell

mfreeze@iss.k12.nc.us

 

Celeste Henkel Elem

N.B. Mills Elem

Scotts Elem

Third Creek Elem

 

*Truancy Court

District Liaison

Tonya Reid

(704) 832-2549 office

(704) 437-0826 cell

treid@iss.k12.nc.us

 

Cloverleaf Elem

East Iredell Elem

Troutman Elem

 

 

*McKinney Vento District Liaison

 

 

CHE – Jonathan Ribbeck

Cloverleaf – Alisha Cloer

EIES – Amy Rhyne

NBM – Kim Mitchell

Scotts – LeAnne Hall

TCE – Jonathan Nicastro

TES – Kim Cressman

 

                         
                                              
                              
Elementary                               Counselors                                       Principals

Central

Coddle Creek

Cool Spring

Harmony

Lake Norman Elem

Lakeshore Elem

Sharon

Shepherd

Union Grove

Woodland Heights

Stephanie Wright

Molly Palmer

Greg Farr

Jennifer Dalton

Karen Tucker

Kelli Carr

Melissa Triplett

Beth Lindquist

Linda Jackson

Niche’ Faulkner

Diana Jones

Susan Fail

Judy Hix

Andy Mehall

Mark Shinkaruk

Chris Grace

Jason Humphrey

Teresa Waugh

Kelley James

Jacob Boula

Middle & High                     Counselors                        Principals             

Brawley Middle

CCTL

EIMS

LNHS

Lakeshore Middle

Monticello

Mt. Mourne IB

NIHS

 

NIMS

Northview IB

Pressly/Springs

SIHS

 

 

 
 
 SHS

 

 
 
                          SMS

TMS

CAS-EC

WIHS

WIMS

Dana Overcash

Barbara Culbreth

Becky Rader

Stephanie Elsass

Corinne Wisecup

Mary Satterfield

Kori Thompson

Jennifer Trent

Cheree Cardwell 

Christy Davidson

Paula Huffman

Jeffrey Zimmerman

Kim Van Buren 

Elizabeth Hagaman 

Jennifer Gambill

 Kelly Arzonico  
 
Malinda Sadowski
Leslie Rucker
Sarah Williams 

 

Lydia Mayberry

Kelly Rife

Jane Riley

Angie Milliron

Paul Veach

Jimmie Dancy

Teri Hutchens

Tonya Houpe

Keith Gentle

Brian Foster

Mark Grega

Boen Nutting

Teresa Evans

 

Robbie Sipes

Sheila Jenkins

Stacy Williams

Tim Ivey

 

 

 

 
Beth Bradley

 

 
 Kelly Campbell

Bryan Paslay

Alicia Eller

Gordan Palmer

David Ivey

 

 

 

 

Last Modified on December 12, 2016
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