Truancy crackdown approved by Board |

Truancy crackdown approved by Board

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution at Monday’s meeting aiming to crack down on truancy. With the resolution, students who are found playing hooky in the county will be subject to a sliding series of fines or community service penalties, giving police greater authority to take action against truant students.

Penalties for cutting school are $25 or 12 hours of community service for the first offense, with increasing repercussions for each additional infraction, said Terrence McAteer, Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, who attended yesterday’s meeting to speak on in favor of the resolution.

Grass Valley Police chief John Foster said the resolution “allows the county to have the same enforcement tools the city has.”

Prior to the resolution, said Foster, there was no legal action police could take against truant students found outside Grass Valley limits, so only schools could mete out punishments, such as detention. Foster said there was still no such resolution for truant students found in Nevada City or Truckee.

“This truancy ordinance is a complement to the existing education code,” said Marianne Slade-Troutman, president of the Nevada County Board of Education, in a statement at the meeting. “The ordinance creates a meaningful and immediate consequence for youth who make the poor choice of cutting a class or day of school. The immediacy of receiving a ticket for their poor choice will make them rethink their decision.”

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