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DPP- Truancy versus Educational Neglect

Last Updated: 7/29/2021 4:09 PM

The DPP Department handles all aspects of truancy and educational neglect when children are not attending school. Truancy is typically viewed as children ages 13 or older who are not attending school. Charges of truancy are not made against cooperative parents but against the juvenile.  Children ages 12 and under are the responsibility of their parents. Therefore, when a younger child is not attending school, the situation is an educational neglect scenario more than one of truancy. Parents can find themselves in Family Court facing a judge if children miss school excessively.