School Truancy Services
School Truancy Services Overview

Franklin County Domestic Relations Court and Juvenile Branch currently has a grant funded Truancy Intervention and Prevention Program (TIPP). TIPP Truancy Officers are partnered with local school districts to enforce the state attendance laws. Staff meet with and monitor students in the school setting to address violations of attendance policies. Additionally, staff educate parents and students about applicable laws, issue warnings to youth/parents who violate attendance policies, and file formal complaints.

What is an Excused Absence?

According to Ohio Administrative Code 3301-69-02, an excuse for absence from school may be approved on the basis of one or more of the following conditions:

·         Illness of the child. (The approving authority may require the written statement of a physician/mental health professional if it is deemed appropriate.)

·         Illness in the family necessitating the presence of the child. (The approving authority may require the written statement of a physician and an explanation as to why the child's absence was necessary, if it is deemed appropriate.)

·         Quarantine of the home. (The absence of a child from school under this condition is limited to the length of quarantine as determined by the proper health officials.)

·         Death of a relative. (The absence arising from this condition is limited to a period of three days unless a reasonable causes may be shown by the applicant child for a longer absence.)

·         Medical or dental appointment. (The approving authority may require the written statement of a physician or dentist if its deemed appropriate.)

·         Observance of religious holidays. (Any child shall be excused if his/her absence was for the purpose of observing a religious holiday consistent with his/her truly held religious beliefs.)

·         College visitation. (The approving authority may require verification of the date and time of the visitation by the college, university, or technical college.)

·         Emergency or other set of circumstances in which the judgment of the superintendent of schools constitutes a good and sufficient cause for absence from school.

*If you have any questions concerning whether an absence is excused or not, you should contact the school office.

What are the Attendance Laws?

State law says a student may be considered habitually truant if the student has:

Ohio Revised Code §2151.011 (B)(18) states that a habitual truant is any child of compulsory school age who is absent without legitimate excuse for:

·         30 or more consecutive hours OR

·         42 or more hours in one school month OR

·         72 or more hours in a school year

State law says that parents may be charged with Failure to Send, Contributing to Delinquency or Educational neglect in conjunction with a truancy charge filed on the student.

What School Districts are Currently Included in the Program?

·         Columbus City Schools (Independence H.S., Marion Franklin H.S., and West H.S.)

·         Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools

·         Groveport Madison Schools

·         Hilliard City Schools

·         New Albany-Plain Local Schools

·         South-Western City School District

·         Whitehall City Schools

Who are the School Truancy Liaisons and Supervisor?

Halli Andrews, Truancy Officer partnered with Groveport Madison Schools


Nathan Caupp, Truancy Officer partnered with Hilliard City Schools


Teresa Clay, Truancy Officer partnered with Marion Franklin High School


Sheila Fryson, Truancy Officer partnered with Whitehall City Schools


Susan Musto, Truancy Officer partnered with Independence High School


Aida Rodriguez, Truancy Officer partnered with New Albany-Plain Local Schools


Jason Spaulding, Truancy Officer partnered with South-Western City School District


Kenya Storey, Truancy Officer partnered with Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools


Erica Turner, Truancy Officer partnered with Groveport Madison Schools


Patrick Tingler, Truancy Supervisor



Julie O’Reilly Troth, Deputy Director of Juvenile Programs and Services

Where are the School Truancy Liaisons
Offices Located?

Franklin County Juvenile Court, Youth Education & Intervention Services
399 South Front Street

Columbus, Ohio 43215