Family DivisionHall of Justice
280 Washington Street
Traverse City, MI 49684
Phone (231) 922-4640
Truancy Intervention Process
School staff contacts the Truancy Intervention Center for assistance with unexcused/unverified skipped absences, excessive tardiness, and/or illnesses. What Is The Truancy Intervention Program? Depending on the circumstances, the Truancy Coordinator may schedule a conference to determine the cause of the absences and offer assistance through prevention service agencies. Prevention services may be introduced at any point during the truancy process.
The following steps would be taken:
- The Truancy Intervention Coordinator may contact the parent/guardian and schedule a conference.
- The parent/guardian may be required to meet with the Truancy Coordinator and school principal. A truancy plan may be put in place.
- If the student's attendance improves, the student may receive a reward donated by the business community.
If the student’s attendance does not improve, the student may be processed for a second offense. The Truancy Center prepares a letter to the parent. A police officer will make contact with the parent. The parent and student (age appropriate) are now required to attend prevention service classes. If attendance improves, the student may receive a reward.
Then if the parent or student does not attend prevention service classes and/or attendance does not improve, the Truancy Coordinator again contacts the Prosecutor’s office for possible court intervention. The Prosecutor’s office may authorize a warrant for the parent(s) arrest or petition the parent and/or child into Family Court. The parent(s) and/or student go to court. Please refer to Truancy and the Law for more information.