[11/10/17] New Manson Community Truancy Board Is Now A Thing

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Webster’s definition of truancy is: an act or instance of playing truant- which is: one who stays out of school without permission.

Washington law requires children from age 8 to 17 to attend a public school, private school, or to receive home-based instruction. Children who are 6- or 7-years-old are not required to be enrolled in school. However, if parents enroll their 6- or 7-year-old, the student must attend full-time.

State lawmakers passed a bill in 2016 that requires school districts with more than 200 students to create community truancy boards- a program that Manson School District is preparing a launch.

Manson School’s Superintendent, Matt Charlton says they

111017 Truancy Board :49 “…getting their kids to school.”

According to the Washington’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s website, a student who misses 10% or more of their school days, which amounts to 18 or more days in a school year—or just two days a month—for any reason is considered chronically absent. Chronically absent students are more likely to fall behind in reading and math and less likely to graduate from high school.