How is truancy defined?
Any student who has attained the age of six (6), but has not reached his/her eighteenth (18th) birthday, who has been absent from schoolwithout valid excuse for three (3) days or more, or tardy without valid excuse on three (3) days or more, is a truant.
Any student enrolled in a public school who has attained the age of eighteen (18) years, but has not reached his/her twenty-first (21st) birthday, who has been absent from school without valid excuse for three (3) or more days, or tardy without valid excuse on three (3) or more days, is a truant.
Any student who has been reported as a truant two (2) or more times is an habitual truant.
For the purposes of establishing a student's status as a truant, a student’s attendance record is cumulative for a calendar year (i.e., 365 consecutive days). When students transfer from one Kentucky district to another, attendance information from the previous district shall become part of their official attendance record for that year.
What if you receive a Final Notice?
Final Notice is issued by the Director of Pupil Personnel, Dr. Barry W. Goley, when a student is considered an habitual truant. This notice is issued to parents of enrolled students between the ages of 6 and 18, and to the student ages 18 to 21. The purpose is to inform the parent and/or student of irregular attendance, in an effort to resolve the issue and not have future unexcused events.
Additionally, once a Final Notice has been delivered to the parent and/or student, the notice remains in effect for 1 (one) year. Should the student have any unexcused event (full- or part-day absence OR tardy), Dr. Goley has the authority to file an affidavit with either the Court Designated Worker (CDW) or the County Attorney's office.