Truancy vs. Neglect
The DPP Department handles all aspects of truancy and educational neglect when children are not attending school. Truancy is typically viewed as children 13 or older who are not attending school. Charges of truancy are not made against cooperative parents but against the juvenile. Parents of students ages 13 or older who are having difficulty with their child are encouraged to contact the DPPs and establish a working relationship that will improve the student’s negative behaviors.
Children 12 and under are the responsibility of their parents. Therefore, when a younger child is not attending school, the situation is an educational neglect scenario more than one of truancy. Parents can find themselves in Family Court facing a judge if children miss school excessively.