CHAPTER 26

TRUANCY

  1. TRUANCY AND HABITUAL TRUANCY [Effective 7/18/99]

(1) Definitions: All terms herein, to the extent not specifically defined shall have the same meaning as those terms used in context of the Wisconsin Statues referred to below.

Acceptable excuse means permission of the parent/guardian/legal custodian of a pupil, within limits of policies on truancy established by the school in which the pupil is enrolled. Except in emergencies of unforeseeable circumstances, such permission is expected to be communicated in writing from the parent/guardian/legal custodian to the school prior to the absence. In emergencies or unforeseeable circumstances, such communication is expected to be as soon as practicable following the absence.

Truant means a pupil who is absent from school without an acceptable excuse under Wisconsin Statutes 118.15 and 118.16(4) for part or all of any day on which school is held during the school semester.

Habitual Truant means a pupil who is absent from school without an acceptable excuse under Wisconsin Statutes 118.15 for part or all of five (5) or more days on which school is held during a school semester.

  1. Prohibited Acts; It shall be a violation of this section for a child to be a truant or habitual truant. Any child violating this section shall be subject to one or more of the penalties provided in subsections (c) and (d) below, respectively.

  2. Truancy Penalties; For a child under the age of eighteen (18) who is found to be truant:

 

(a) A forfeiture of not more than fifty ($50.00) plus costs for a first violation, or a forfeiture of not more than one hundred ($100.00) plus costs for any second or subsequent violation committed within twelve (12) months of a previous violation, subject to Wisconsin Statutes 938.37 and subject to a maximum cumulative forfeiture amount of not more than five hundred ($500.00) for all violations committed during a school semester. All or part of the forfeiture plus costs may be assessed against the person, parents or guardian of the person, or both if the parents or guardian have, by any act or omission, knowingly encouraged or contributed to the person's truancy pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 948.45.

(b) An order for the person to attend school.

(4) Habitual Truancy Penalties; For a child under the age of eighteen (18) who is found to be a habitual truant:

(a) Suspension of the child's operating privilege, as defined in Wisconsin Statutes 340.01(40), for not less than thirty (30) days nor more than one (1) year. Any license so suspended shall be immediately taken by the Court, and forwarded to the Department of Transportation together with a notice stating the reason for and the duration of the suspension.

(b) A forfeiture of not more than five hundred ($500.00) plus costs

(c) An Order for the person to attend school.