Continuing Truant According to MN Statute 260A.02 Sub.3., a 'Continuing truant" means a child who is subject to the compulsory instruction requirements of MN Statute 120A.22 and is absent from instruction in a school without valid excuse within a single school year for:
o Three days if the child is in elementary school
o Three or more class periods in three days if the child is in middle school
Habitual Truant According to Minnesota Statute 260.015 Sub I9., a "habitual truant" is a child under the age of 16 years who is absent from school “without a lawful excuse for seven days if the child is in elementary school or for one or more class periods of seven school days if the child is in middle school..."
Procedures for Truancy The third unexcused absence will result in the implementation of MN Statute 260A.03:
"Notice to parent or guardian when child is a continuing truant." The Director will inform the parent that the child is truant. The parent or guardian should notify the school if there is a valid excuse for the child's absence. The parent or guardian is obligated to require the attendance of the child at school. Parents who fail to meet this obligation may be subject to prosecution. This notification serves as the notification required by Minnesota Statute 260A.03. The parent or guardian has the right to meet with the school administration to discuss a solution to the child's truancy. If the child continues to be truant, the parent and child maybe subject to juvenile court proceedings.
The fourth unexcused absence will result in a meeting with the Director and may include representatives from the Police Department, Court Services, and/or Social Services. At this meeting it may be determined that a truancy petition will be filed with the court administrator and a Child Protection Report may be filed with the Department of Human Services.
If truancies continue after meeting, the Director may initiate further action. After seven truancies, the child will be designated a habitual truant and a truancy petition will be filed with the court administrator and a Child Protection Report will be made to the Department of Human Services.