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ERIC Number: ED331143
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Attendance Board: An Alternative to Taking Truancy to Court.
Dean, Audrey
In recent years, provincial laws in Alberta, Canada, have required children of certain ages to attend school. A legal issue related to attendance that is seldom addressed in provincial legislation is the definition of nonattendance. Many jurisdictions in the United States offer statutory definitions of truancy that range from 3 to 10 days' absence without valid excuse. Knowledge about causes of truancy is key to determining its treatment. Approaches to truancy include seeing nonattendance as a result of maladjustment and viewing the school itself as an explanation. The Attendance Board of Alberta is made up of community members, professionals, school staff, and others to provide a team approach to truancy and a caring alternative to the court system. The board has power to issue orders with the force of a court order to (among other things) direct students to attend school and impose fines on parents. Fair hearings are ensured by certain procedural requirements, such as a written notice of the hearing served to the student's parents and a notice of every order and its reasons sent to everyone substantially affected by it. (35 References) (EJS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Alberta