STEARNS COUNTY TRUANCY DIVERSION CONTRACT
SCHOOL ATTENDANCE CONTRACT – EDUCATIONAL NEGLECT (-12)
Child’s Name: DOB: Age: Grade:
School: School Contact & Phone:
Social Worker: Social Worker Phone Number:
The parent admits that the child meets the legal definition of educational neglect and has been notified of possible
consequences upon violation of this agreement.
THE PARENT/GUARDIAN SHALL:
1. Get your child to school every school day and on time.
2. Escort and attend school with your child (if deemed appropriate).
3. Do not remove your child from school early without providing the school a valid excuse.
4. Follow the agreed upon plan in regards to absences due to medical issues/illness:
Provide school with written verification by doctor/medical advisor after absences.
Send your child to school to be checked/released if ill.
Have your child examined/treated by doctor/medical advisor for .
Inform the school/nurse/principal about medication prescribed and taken by the child.
5. For all absences, contact the school to explain the absence.
6. Participate in the following parenting and counseling programs:
7. Ensure all homework is completed and returned to school promptly as directed.
8. Attend all meetings scheduled by the school and monthly home visits by Stearns County Human Services Social
9. Sign release of information as requested.
10. Other: .
THE STUDENT SHALL:
1. Attend school and all assigned class periods every day.
2. See the school nurse or other medical professional for all illness absences.
3. Participate in the following counseling and educational programs:
That the parent/guardian understands the school policy regarding absences.
That this agreement will be in effect for one year or until .
TO THE STUDENT, PARENT(S)/GUARDIAN(S):
I/We agree to participate in the above agreement and understand that if I/We fail to abide by its terms, I/We can be referred to
child protective services or to the County Attorney and to Juvenile Court. No Court action will be taken if the parent/child
successfully completes the Truancy Mediation Program.
School Official: Date:
Social Worker: Date:
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Legal Consequences of Educational Neglect (-12)
agreement. I. Definition (Minn. Stat.§ 260C.007, subd. 6 (3) )
A child is educationally neglected if the child is in need of protection or services because the child is
without necessary education because the child’s parent, guardian, or custodian is unable or unwilling to
provide such care.
II. Presumption (Minn. Stat. § 260C.163, subd. 11(a) )
A child’s absence from school is presumed to be due to the parent’s, guardian’s, or custodian’s failure to
comply with compulsory instruction laws if the child is under 12 years old and the school has made
appropriate efforts to resolve the child’s attendance problems; this presumption may be rebutted based on
a showing by clear and convincing evidence that the child is habitually truant.
Parents have an obligation to compel, encourage, and enforce attendance. Parents/Legal Guardians are expected to get
children, ages eleven and younger, out of bed and to school every day, on time. If you or your child oversleep, they are
truant. If your child misses the bus, they are truant. If your child is late for any reason, but illness, they are truant. Any
time your child is not in school, without a valid excuse, they are truant.
If your child continues to miss school, any or all of the following consequences may happen:
1. A child in need of protection/services (CHIPS) petition may be filed with the Court. You will be summoned to
appear before a Judge on the basis of educational neglect. The proceedings are open to the public.
2. The Court can order your child be placed under the protective supervision of Social Services and you will be
required to comply with a case plan to correct the conditions resulting in the CHIPS court action.
3. Any person who fails or refuses to provide for the education of a child of whom the person has legal custody
may be guilty of a petty misdemeanor.
4. Your child can be removed from your care and custody and placed outside the home. You may be required to
pay a fee for the placement.
5. You and your child may be required to attend family and/or individual counseling. You and your child may be
required to participate with in-home services and/ or complete a Psychological Evaluation. You may be
required to participate in a chemical use assessment and follow recommendations. The Court can require
6. The Court may order your child into the home of a noncustodial parent with conditions and may also order
both the noncustodial and the custodial parent to comply with the requirements of a case plan.
7. The Court can require that you and/ or your child perform any other activities or participate in any other
treatment programs it deems appropriate.