Truancy & Habitual Disruption
Regular school attendance is mandated by state law. If there is a question regarding truancy, please contact Carolyn Wootton for information on guidelines necessary to follow state laws and proceed through the court system.
An integral component supporting a student’s consistent academic and life skills success is regular daily school attendance. Utah State law requires parents have their student attend school on a regular basis. Utah law also requires schools to monitor a student’s attendance and communicate with the parent when a non-attendance pattern develops. The Jordan School District requests parents communicate with the school regarding their student’s attendance issues. Parents are also encouraged to notify the school when a student will be absent from school. Student’s should not be allowed to stay home from school unless their student is ill. There may be circumstances where the school will request medical documentation to excuse an absence. The beginning of the school day establishes the learning climate. Thus, parents are encouraged to have their student arrive at school on time. The cooperative efforts of the school and parent will support the child’s regular school attendance.
Ideas for Improving Attendance
Attendance Works is a national and state initiative that promotes better policy and practice around school attendance that promotes tracking chronic absence data for each student beginning in kindergarten, or ideally earlier, and partners with families and community agencies to intervene when poor attendance is a problem for students or schools.
- Attendance Works Home Page
- Attendance Works Resources for Parents
- Attendance Works Resources for Schools
- Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow – UEN
- School-Specific Resources
- Truancy & Habitual Disruption Resources (Login Required)