Fast facts for families about excessive absences and truancy
It is important for Ohio’s students to be in class every day, ready to learn. Ohio defines chronic absenteeism as missing 10 percent or more of the school year for any reason. Missing too much school has long-term, negative effects on students, such as lower achievement and a higher likelihood of not graduating. Here is handout that can help families understand the difference between excessive absences and truancy. Schools can find more information and resources online here.
In December 2016, the Ohio General Assembly passed House Bill 410 to support districts in a preventative approach to excessive absences and truancy. As a result, several changes take effect with the 2017-2018 school year. Schools cannot suspend or expel students for missing too much school. Districts also must amend current policies or adopt new ones that outline their interventions for students who miss too much school.