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Truancy Abatement

Arizona Law requires parents to send children to school. Failure to send your child to school may result in criminal charges.

ARS 15-802 requires that a person having custody of a child between six and sixteen years of age must ensure that the child is in school full time when the school is in session, unless statutorily excused.

ARS 15-803 has been revised to read that "a student is considered 'habitually truant' if truant for at least five school days." Additionally, "truant" is now defined as "an unexcused absence for at least ONE class period during the day."

Failure to ensure that a child attends school is a criminal offense. The consequences may include

  • A fine of up to $500.00 AND
  • A possible jail sentence of up to 30 days

TUSD is committed to students' success by ensuring that they stay in school!

Stay in school--It's the law!

Parents of truants may also be charged with contributing to the dependency or delinquency of a minor.

ARS 13-3613 requires that parents not commit any acts contributing to a child's dependency or delinquency. This includes failing to send a child to school.

Contributing to the dependency or delinquency of a minor is a criminal offense. The consequences include

  • A fine of up to $2500 AND
  • Two possible jail sentences of up to six months

If students "ditch" or don't go to school, TUSD's School Safety Officers, local police and/or sheriff's deputies will be looking for them!

To report truancy violations, please call the Department of School Safety at 584-7676.