Truancy Diversion Program

School Attendance

Minnesota State Statute Requires That Children Attend School.

A child under the age of 17 years who is absent from attendance at school without lawful excuse for seven school days per school year if the child is in elementary school or for one or more class periods on seven school days per school year if the child is in middle school, junior high school, or high school or a child who is 17 years of age who is absent from attendance at school without lawful excuse for one or more class periods on seven school days per school year and who has not lawfully withdrawn from school under section 120A.22, subdivision 8.

For students under the age 12, it is presumed that it is a parental responsibility to ensure the child’s attendance at school. Between the age of 12 and 17 and through the 17th year, it is primarily the student’s responsibility to get to school on a daily basis. Children who are ages 17 must be lawfully withdrawn from school by their parent or guardian.  Children cannot independently “drop out” of school. (MS 120A.22)

Truancy Diversion Flowchart
Truancy Intervention Tracking Form
Truancy Referral Letter to County Attorney

Truancy Brochure