1200 – Bill No. 185 Truancy

BILL NO.185                              ORDINANCE NO. 1200

AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PARENTS, GUARDIANS, AND OTHER PERSONS AS HEREIN DEFINED CONCERNING THEIR OBLIGATION TO ENSURE THAT CHILDREN, WARDS, AND MINORS UNDER THEIR CONTROL ATTEND THE SCHOOL IN WHICH THEY HAVE ENROLLED AS A STUDENT, CONTAINING DEFINITIONS AND IMPOSING PENALTIES THEREFORE

BE IT ORDAINED by the Board of Aldermen of the City of Rich Hill as follows:

SECTION ONE.  No parent, guardian, or other person in this city having charge, control, or custody of a child between the ages of seven and sixteen years of age shall, without excuse or exemption, knowingly permit said child to absent himself from attendance at a public, private, parochial, parish, or home school on such dates, and during such hours, as the school may be regularly in session.

SECTION TWO.  Such parent, guardian, or other person shall be deemed to have knowledge of a child’s unexempted, unexcused absence from school after having received notification of same from a  police officer or school representative.

SECTION THREE.  PENALTY CLAUSE.  Any person convicted of a violation of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be  fined in an amount of not less than $25.00.  Each  day that any violation hereunder continues shall constitute a separate offense subject to the penalty provided in this section.

This ordinance shall be in full force from and after its date of approval.

Read two times and passed this 24th day of February, 2004

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Tammy Williams, Mayor

ATTEST:

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Rose Entrikin, City Clerk

Ayes: Turner, Humble, Greco, Miller

Nays:  None

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