Louisiana - Family Engagement on Chronic Absenteeism: Program requirements

Area: 
Program Requirement
Policy Type: 
regulation; statute
Summary: 

State law involves parents in responding to truancy or chronic absenteeism using notification and punitive sanctions for the parent.

Louisiana Administrative Code 28 CXV 1117 Child Welfare and Attendance

A. Supervisors of child welfare and attendance and home-school coordinators shall give written notice, either in person or by registered mail, to the parent or guardian of a student within the compulsory school attendance age, when no valid reason is found for a student's nonenrollment or unexcused absence from school, requiring enrollment or attendance within three days from the date of notice.

B. Supervisors of child welfare and attendance shall receive the cooperation of all teachers and principals in the parish or city in which they are appointed to serve.
C. Each school shall, upon the request of the LEA where the school is located, state whether any individual student is enrolled in such school and whether such pupil is fulfilling the compulsory attendance requirements.

D. Any student who is a juvenile and who is habitually absent from school or is habitually tardy shall be reported by supervisors of child welfare and attendance to the family or juvenile court of the parish or city as a truant child, pursuant to the provisions of chapter 2 of title VII of the Louisiana Children's Code relative to families in need of services, there to be dealt with in such manner as the court may determine, either by placing the truant in a home or in a public or private institution where school may be provided for the child, or otherwise.

E. A student shall be considered habitually absent or habitually tardy when either condition continues to exist after all reasonable efforts by any school personnel, truancy officer, or other law enforcement personnel have failed to correct the condition after the fifth unexcused absence or fifth unexcused occurrence of being tardy within any school semester. The parent or legal guardian of a student shall enforce the attendance of the student at the school to which the student is assigned.

F. In those districts participating in an interagency agreement to operate a truancy and assessment service center and to the extent specified in said agreement, school boards and their systems in general will assist child welfare and attendance officers in creating student background data, including attendance records, unexcused absences, conduct violations, discipline records, report cards, and transcripts as permitted by law and families in need of services personnel will work in partnership with the child welfare and attendance officers to monitor client progress, file all petitions in the cases of noncompliance of the plan for court appearance, and coordinate other services.


Louisiana Revised Statutes 17:230 Powers and duties of visiting teachers, or supervisors of child welfare and attendance.

A.  Visiting teachers, supervisors of child welfare and attendance, and home-school coordinators, shall have all the powers, duties, and responsibilities vested or which may be vested in attendance officers by the compulsory attendance laws of this state.

B.  The powers, duties, and responsibilities of visiting teachers, or supervisors of child welfare and attendance, shall be limited to the following, provided that any school system with fewer than seven thousand five hundred students may assign such duties in proportion to the fraction of seven thousand five hundred students in that school system:

  • (1)  Maintaining and keeping pupil attendance accounting records on forms approved by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

  • (2)  Investigating cases of nonenrollment and unexcused absences from school of all children within the compulsory school attendance age.

  • (3)  Giving written notice, either in person or by registered mail, to the parent, tutor or other person having control or charge of a child within the compulsory school attendance age, when no valid reason is found for a child’s nonenrollment or unexcused absence from school, requiring enrollment or attendance within three days from the date of notice.

  • (4)  Visiting the home or place of residence of a child and any other place in which he is likely to find any child who is required to attend school when such child is absent from school during school hours, and when such child shall have been found, to return him to his parent or to the principal or teacher in charge of the school, or to the private tutor from whom absent.

  • (5)  Keeping an accurate record of attendance of all children returned to schools or homes, of all cases prosecuted, and of all other services performed. A written report of all such activities shall be made monthly and annually to the parish or city superintendent of education and to the state director of child welfare and attendance.

  • (6)  Conducting counseling sessions and other meetings related to school attendance and discipline.

  • (7)  Undertaking other duties required by law or school board policy to reduce or respond to truancy.

C.  In the discharge of the duties of their office, visiting teachers, supervisors of child welfare and attendance, or home-school coordinators shall cooperate fully with the state departments of public welfare, labor, health, and other state agencies, and may serve such writs and process in law relating to compulsory attendance as may be necessary for the enforcement of this Subpart.
Source: Louisiana State Legislature

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