State law requires that all juveniles between 6 years old and 18 years old attend school. The parent must notify the school as soon as possible when their child will be absent from school. Within two days of returning to class, the student should bring a note signed by the parent or guardian explaining the reason for the absence.

Under the state law the school is required to begin a truancy petition process, commonly known as a BECCA process, if a student has a large number of unexcused absences. Under BECCA, if a student has five to seven unexcused absences in one month, or 10 to 12 during a school year, the school may file a petition with the juvenile court asking that the court order the student to attend school. For more information, call your child’s school.