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Muskegon adding efforts to reduce truancy

8:01 AM, Jan 3, 2013   |    comments
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MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) -- Some West Michigan students who miss five days of school will get extra scrutiny under a plan to reduce truancy.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports Muskegon County schools, agencies and a new prosecutor developed a plan that includes family mediation services to get students back to class. Parents who don't cooperate could face jail time.

Schools will flag students who have missed five days of school, regardless of whether the absences were excused. If a student misses another four days, officials including the prosecutor's office will be notified.

Under a state policy announced last year, Michigan parents whose children don't attend school also could lose welfare cash benefits.

A student is considered truant in Michigan when he or she has 10 or more unexcused absences per school year.


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