Under N.J.A.C. 6A:32-8.6, the State of New Jersey defines a chronically absent student as one who is not present for ten percent (10%) of the school year for any reason, including absences due to medical circumstances.
Truancy charges may be filed against the parent or guardian if a child accrues ten (10) unexcused absences. Unexcused absences resulting in twenty (20) or more will receive a certified truancy letter, legal court action, and a required conference with the Superintendent.
Truancy - Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7.6(a)4.iii, truancy is defined by the State of New Jersey as ten (10) or more cumulative, unexcused absences for students between the ages of six and sixteen as determined by the Board’s Attendance Policy.
The Board of Education requires that a review of individual student attendance be made periodically throughout the year. Students who accrue five (5) unexcused absences counting towards truancy will receive notification, which may include an action plan set by the principal. Students who accrue ten (10) unexcused absences counting towards truancy will receive a second notification, which may require a parent conference. Truancy charges may be filed against the parent or guardian when a child accrues ten (10) or more unexcused absences counting towards truancy.