Rule 7-303. Truancy referrals.


To establish a uniform policy for handling truancy referrals.


This rule shall apply to all truancy referrals made to the Juvenile Courts.

Statement of the Rule:

(1) All truancy cases must be referred from the local school board or the school district and not from an individual school within the district.

(2) All truancy referrals must be accompanied by a statement, if required, alleging habitual truancy in defiance of efforts of school authorities and parents and setting forth the results of the review conducted at the school district level.

(3) If the above conditions are met, the probation department shall conduct a preliminary inquiry to determine whether a non-judicial adjustment can be made. The filing of a petition and the use of detention as a sanction for failure to attend school, even in contempt situations, should be avoided.