The three levels of truancy are as follows.
A child, at least 6 but not yet 17 years old, who has accumulated three consecutive unlawful absences or a total of five unlawful absences.
Missing at least 10% (approximately 18 days) of school days in the school year, or a month or more of school, excused or unexcused. Chronic absenteeism puts students at heightened risk of falling behind and dropping out of school.
A child, at least 12 but not yet 17 years old, who (1) fails to comply with the intervention plan developed by the school, the child, and the parents or guardians, and (2) accumulates two or more additional unlawful absences.
A child, at least 12 but not yet 17 years old, who (1) has been through the school intervention process; (2) has reached the level of a habitual truant and has been referred to family court and placed under an order to attend; and (3) continues to accumulate unlawful absences.
Truancy Intervention Procedures
● When a student accumulates three (3) consecutive or a total of five (5) unlawful absences the principal or designee will notify the family via mail or email.
● At five (5) unlawful absences a conference is required with student and parent or guardian to develop a truancy intervention plan designed to improve student attendance and eliminate unlawful absences. A written truancy intervention and attendance contract should be signed by all participants with a copy provided to the parent and student.
● When a student accumulates more than seven (7) unlawful absences, the school will update the truancy intervention plan, indicate why the plan was unsuccessful, and make amendments as needed.
● Additional interventions will be discussed and implemented.
● In the event that unlawful absences continue following the interventions, the case will be reviewed for
additional interventions and/or further action. The case may be referred to the Department of Social Services, the Ninth Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office for participation in Family Court, or other interventions.
Note: Suspensions are not counted as unlawful for truancy purposes. A deadline will be imposed for the work to be made-up and the responsibility for getting and completing assignments will be on the student.
Attendance Intervention Procedures
The Attendance Clerk shall make daily contact (by phone or email) to the parent(s)/guardian(s) of students who are absent. The Principal will form an attendance intervention team to assume the responsibility of intervention or attendance matters. The members of the attendance intervention team should be, but not limited to, the attendance clerk, assistant administrator, school counselor, teacher and the special education coordinator. The Principal will designate an attendance intervention coordinator from the intervention team.
Once a child has accumulated five (5) unexcused absences and determined to be truant, Allegro officials must make every reasonable effort to meet with the parent(s) or guardian(s) to identify the reasons for the student’s continued absence. These efforts will include telephone calls and home visits, both during and after normal business hours, as well as written messages and e-mails. Allegro school officials will develop a written, personalized “intervention plan” to address the student’s continued absence in conjunction with the student and parent(s) or guardian(s).
The attendance clerk will submit an attendance printout and dates of contact to the intervention team coordinator. The child is entered into the PowerSchool discipline module as truant and a disciplinary referral is completed. The intervention team shall:
- Hold a conference with the student and the parent(s) / guardian(s).
- Identify reasons for the student's unlawful absences.
- Develop a plan in conjunction with the student and the parent(s)/guardian(s) to improve attendance.
- Apprise the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the South Carolina Compulsory Attendance Law.
- Document the conference by having all appropriate conferees sign and date a Student Attendance Intervention Plan form in the spaces provided.