Halifax County Schools Will Punish Parents For Kids' Truancy

Halifax County parents who don't make an effort to get their kids to school could find themselves behind bars.

The Daily and Sunday Herald of Roanoke Rapids reports that a new collaboration between the county courts, public schools and other agencies aims to hold parents accountable for students' attendance.

A truancy court session will now be held once a month, with the first scheduled for Nov. 29.

If a student logs more than six unexcused absences, parents will be notified they could be prosecuted if the absences can't be explained.

After more than 10 absences, the district attorney's office will be notified. Parents convicted of the misdemeanor could face up to 120 days in jail.

Officials say the goal is to get kids in school.

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  • by Cng on Nov 9, 2011 at 09:13 AM
    They have been doing this in New Jersey (where I'm originally from) For as long as I can remember...They have truant officers that come to your house and serve you a warrant to appear in court if your child misses a certain amount of days...As a parent, how can u Not make your child go to school....Ummmmm your the parent!!!!
  • by From Halifax County on Nov 9, 2011 at 08:41 AM
    Let me begin by telling you the issue in Halifax County is not the teachers, it is the pupils! These kids are mainly raised by a kid themselves, they are exposed to more drugs and crime than most of us see in a lifetime. Go to Halifax County and see the subject matter. YOu would be applauding those that attempt to teach!
  • by TPerry Location: Roc City on Nov 8, 2011 at 02:42 PM
    Kids these days feel that they are grown and can do what they wan to do, locking the parents up is not going to make these kids go to school, when the parents get locked up behind them, they will then feel that they are really able to do what they want. What they need to do is lock these kids up in a cell and make them sit there, and then the kids will realize that jail is not the place to be, school is.
  • by KINDA CRAZY Location: MARTIN COUNTY on Nov 8, 2011 at 02:09 PM
    The state has taken away about every right we have to punish our children, so now they are not afraid of anything anymore. But you want to put a parent in jail if you can't get them out of bed in the morning. And if you try to beat them into going to school you will spend more than 120 days in jail. Sounds kinda crazy to me! Maybe they need to give parents some of their rights back!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Concern Mother Location: Greenville on Nov 8, 2011 at 01:17 PM
    What is an excused absent? My son was in a car accident last year and miss two days of school mind you he has always had perfect attendance until last year. I supplied the hospital documentation but those two days were still concerned unexcused. I actually received the letter from his school stating the policy and notifying me that he had already miss two days and if more unexcused absents are reported we could receive a letter from the district attorney's office.
  • by parent on Nov 8, 2011 at 11:41 AM
    This would never work in Pitt County. PCS has a forgiveness policy for everyone. Get kicked out of one school, no problem, another one just down the road will accept you with open arms. Miss more than 7 days, no problem, you have tons of after-school make up sessions you can attend. Drop out, not a problem either, you are called and begged to come back!!!
  • by concerned Location: enc on Nov 8, 2011 at 11:07 AM
    Maybe the students wouldn't be so truant if the teachers really knew how to teach!
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      by Boats on Nov 8, 2011 at 12:08 PM in reply to concerned
      I firmly beleive that for the most part the teachers know how to teach. It's just tough to teach anything when you're faced with a room full of hammer heads that have been taught that education is for chumps, and you're still expected to advance them through the grades anyhow. In defense of the teachers, they have all the responsibility and none of the authority. You couldn't pay me enough to take a job like that.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 8, 2011 at 12:10 PM in reply to concerned
      Does your child really know how to learn?
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      by Teacher on Nov 8, 2011 at 03:12 PM in reply to concerned
      Exactly what is your definition of "knowing how to teach?" Teaching one how to play X-box or letting one do whatever in class instead of learning quadratic equations, chemistry or learning how to write correctly with proper grammar does not qualify as teaching.
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      by reply on Nov 8, 2011 at 07:14 PM in reply to concerned
      Parents need to take responsibility to ensure that students are in school daily. I teach in Halifax County and it is hard for a teacher and for a student if the child misses too many days. Teachers in Halifax County know how to teach!
  • by c-had Location: police state nc on Nov 8, 2011 at 10:47 AM
    Yeah right.The school system is doing a horrible job and I believe many parents could do much better.The curriculum is too easy and kids are easily bored.The educational system caters to the mediocre and many bright minds are passed over for the ease of teaching to the middle level of intelligence.Often the children at the head of the class are clearly not the smartest. PLANNING TO HOMESCHOOL.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 8, 2011 at 12:10 PM in reply to c-had
      Stop planning and do!
  • by Citizen Location: ENC on Nov 8, 2011 at 09:52 AM
    I heard of this type of "court" when I was serving on the local school board. Problem is, as our attorney stated once, this is all smoke and mirrors as they have no authority at all. Unless a LEO comes and arrests or tickets the parents and the DA files formal charges and they go to district court, it means nothing. Not my words, the school board lawyers words.
  • by anonymous on Nov 8, 2011 at 09:46 AM
    The martin county school board should really look into the students at South Creek,there are parents there that need to be reminded of the laws and if they wont comply lock them up because its child abuse to not give your child the tools in life to be able to provide for themselves so the goverment does'nt have to take care of them
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