Durant Public Schools Truancy Court 3rd Absent (Parent receives letter from Truancy Prevention Coordinator) See attachment 1A 4th Absent (Parent receives follow up letter from Truancy Prevention Coordinator See attachment 1B 5th Absent (Parent and Student are summoned to Truancy Court) See Attachment 1C Truancy Court Arraignment (see attachment 2A) Parental Choice/Options School-based Truancy Court Traditional Legal Process (see attachment 3A) (see attachment 4A) Judge or Magistrate gives parent and student plan of improvement for attendance and academics (see attachment 3B) At anytime, the truant student may decide to attend Truancy Court during legal process (see attachment 4B) Parent and student continue to attend Tru- ancy Court on weekly basis until Judge or Magistrate feels student attendance and aca- demics are improved enough that he or she can be dismissed. (see attachment 3C) Truancy Flow Chart Attachments 1A.Once a student has been absent for the third unexcused time the Truancy Prevention Coordinator will send the students parent a letter stating that their child has three unexcused absences, we are concerned, state the Oklahoma state law for school attendance, and ask if we can be of some kind of assistance. 1B.When the student receives a fourth unexcused absence, the parent will receive another letter from the TPC, stating that their student has four unexcused absences and if the student has another unexcused absence during that semester then the parent and student will be summoned to truancy court. 1C. On the student’s fifth unexcused absence the TPC will fill out a Truancy Court warrant request (the request will state time and place of truancy court) and have the District Attorney sign it. Once the warrant is signed by the District Attorney, the TCP will deliver the warrant to the home of the student in person. ( the warrant will only be left with the parent or a resident of the address) 2A. At the Truancy Court Arraignment the parent and child will appear before the Judge or Magistrate for the first time. The Judge or Magistrate will explain to them the process, guidelines and requirements of the Truancy Court program, the Judge or Magistrate will also find out why the student is truant, and discuss with the student and parent what our program has to offer to the family to correct the students truancy problem. At that time the parent and child will be given the choice to participate in the Truancy Court program or to have their case go through the traditional legal process. 3A. School Based Truancy Court will meet at each school campus once a week. During court sessions each student and parent will be present, along with the Judge or Magistrate, campus administrator, truancy prevention coordinator, Guidance Counselor, School Resource Officer, and School Social Worker (when necessary). The student’s attendance, academics, and behavior will be reviewed on a weekly basis, by a weekly progress report and attendance records. The Judge or Magistrate will determine the what type of discipline action or reward the student will receive based on the students overall review. Some discipline actions that may be used are detention, homework club, Saturday school, community service, home confinement, or whatever the Judge or Magistrate may decide to give the student. Our incentives will be rewarded on a level basis. Example if a student has perfect attendance, improvement of academics, or behavior they could receive a level one prize, if the student gets a good review in two or more of the reports or maintains good reviews for a lengthy period of time the student would receive a level two reward, and when the student is dismissed from truancy court, he or she will receive a reward from level three. Prizes may include free pizza, movie rentals, free movie passes, gift certificates from local businesses, etc. 3B. The Judge or Magistrate will see the parent and student on a weekly basis at the student’s school in truancy court. At that time the student will present the Judge or Magistrate with a weekly progress report signed by each of the student’s teachers, the report will address the student’s attendance, academic status, and weekly behavior. The Judge or Magistrate will review the progress report and talk with the student and parent about how the student is progressing, if the student is doing good then there will be no discipline action taken at that time, and the student and parent will appear again the next week and go through the same process. If the student does not have a good report then it is up to the Judge or Magistrate to determine what action will be taken. 3C. The parent and student will continue to appear in Truancy Court on a weekly basis until significant improvement is made by the student. At that point the parent will no longer have to attend court with the student unless the student’s progress starts to decline. The student will continue to come to court until the Judge or Magistrate feels it is time to dismiss the student from truancy court, students may be in truancy court anywhere from three months or two years, each student will be evaluated case by case. Parents are required to attend at least the first three court sessions of the students. 4A. If the parent and student choose not to participate in the school based truancy court, the school and the District Attorney will file on the parent for neglect or refusal to compel their child to attend school. This action will be handled through the District Attorney’s Office, and the parent will be summoned to traditional court to plead their case in front of the Judge. The school and District Attorney’s office will do everything in their power to prosecute the offenders to the full extent of the law. 4B. At any time during the traditional court process, the student and parent decide that they would rather participate in the school based truancy court than the traditional court, they can then do so, as long as they make this decision before the Traditional Judge makes a ruling on the students case.