Truancy

Truancy

State law (RCW 28A.225) requires that children between the ages of 8 and 18 attend school.  In some cases, children ages 6 and 7 are required to attend school.  When a child has 7 unexcused absences in a month, or 10 unexcused absences in year, the school district is obligated to file a truancy petition with the Pierce County Juvenile Court alleging that the child has failed to attend school, and/or that the parent has failed to cause his/her child to attend school. 

Once a petition is filed, a parent and/or child will be scheduled to appear in court.  If the judge finds that the parent and/or child is in violation of the law, the court will enter an Order Compelling School Attendance.  The order requires the child to attend school, and requires a parent to make reasonable efforts in ensuring the child attends school.  For children, violation of the court order may lead to 7 days of juvenile detention.  For parents, violation of the court order may lead to fines of up to $25 a day for each day the child is absent from school without excuse. 

The compulsory attendance laws can be found here: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=28a.225&full=true

For information regarding your child's attendance and/or interventions to help your child attend school, the district encourages you to contact your child's school.

Policy 3110 Admission and Attendance 

Policy 3110R Regulations for Admission and Attendance 

Policy 3120 Enrollment 

Policy 3120R Regulations for Enrollment

Policy 3121 Compulsory Attendance 

Policy 3122 Excused and Unexcused Absences 

Policy 3122R Regulations for Excused and Unexcused Absences 



Contact

Mike Rupert, Student Compliance Coordinator
253-571-1113 | mrupert@tacoma.k12.wa.us