School Truancy Services
 
 
 
School Truancy Services Overview
 
By contractual agreement, the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio and Franklin County Domestic Relations Court and Juvenile Branch currently have two grant funded Truancy Officers. The Truancy Officers are responsible for working 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 issue warnings to youth/parents who violate attendance policies, file formal complaints and educate parents and students about applicable laws.

What is an Excused Absence?

State law says the only excuses for children to miss school are:

1. Personal Illness (a doctor’s excuse may be required)
2. Death of a relative
3. Quarantine of the home
4. Observance of a religious holiday
5. Emergency in which the superintendent believes there is good reason for the child to be excused 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:

A) 5 consecutive unexcused absences
B) 7 unexcused absences in one month
C) 12 unexcused absences in one school year

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

A) 7 consecutive unexcused absences
B) 10 unexcused absences in one month
C) 15 unexcused absences in one 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?

      • Gahanna
      • Canal Winchester
      • New Albany-Plain
      • Groveport-Madison

Who are the School Truancy Liaisons and Supervisor?

Kenya Ayers, Liaison
Gahanna, Canal Winchester & New Albany-Plain 
Kenya_Ayers@fccourts.org
614-525-7634

 

Constance Smith, Liaison
Groveport-Madison 
Constance_Smith@fccourts.org
614-525-5254

 

Julie O’Reilly Troth, Deputy Director of Juvenile Programs and Services
Julie_Troth@fccourts.org
614-525-3249


Where are the School Truancy Liaisons
Offices Located?

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

Columbus, Ohio 43215