Students are required by state law to attend school until the age of 18. Students are truant when they are absent without a valid cause for a school day or any portion thereof, as defined in Section 118 of the Wisconsin State Statutes. A habitual truant is defined as a pupil who is absent from school without an acceptable excuse for part or all of 5 or more days, or part of all of 10 or more days a year even with an excused absence. Habitual absences and truancy will require a conference with parents and administration. Truancy that is unresolved will lead to school consequences for the student, along with a referral to the Waterford Police Department for a municipal citation. If the problem is not rectified, the parent/guardian and student will be referred to Racine County Juvenile Court as mandated by Wisconsin State Statute §188.16. With the exception of semester exams, a teacher is not required to provide students with an opportunity to make up work missed on the day(s) the student is truant. Students would be subject to truancy consequences due to one or more of the following:
- Being absent from school without permission from a parent/guardian
- Leaving school without permission or without signing out in the Attendance Office (students leaving the building without permission will also be issued a Saturday detention)
- Coming to school but not attending classes as assigned
- Being unexcused / over-limit due to exceeding ten (10) or more parent-excused absences
1st Truancy Offense: No credit for class(es), conference with student, parent notification. A one (1) hour after school detention assigned. If the student fails to serve the 1 hour detention, a Saturday (2.5 hour) detention will be issued in place of the one hour detention. If a student fails to serve the Saturday detention, they will be placed in In-School Suspension (ISS) the following school day. After serving a full day of ISS, the Saturday detention will be considered served.
2nd Truancy Offense: No credit for class(es), conference with student, parent notification. A Saturday (2.5 hour) detention will be assigned. If a student fails to serve the Saturday detention, they will be placed in In-School Suspension (ISS) the following school day. After serving a full day of ISS, the Saturday detention will be considered served.
3rd and Subsequent Truancy Offenses: Referral to the Waterford Police Department for a municipal truancy citation per Village of Waterford ordinance and Wisconsin Compulsory School Attendance Law. If the truancy problem is not rectified, the student may be referred to Racine County Juvenile Court.