Truancy policy that targets parents shows results

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A policy in the Cape Girardeau School District that makes parents responsible for their children's truancy appears to be having some impact, officials said.

The district's truancy policy, a cooperative effort of the district, the prosecutor's office and the Cape Girardeau Police Department, holds parents responsible for their children failing to attend school.

The district sends letters to parents after their children have missed three, five and seven days of classes. On the 10th day, the district sends a form to a school resource officer, who takes it to the Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, said Sherry Copeland, assistant superintendent for academic services.

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