When a chronically sick, honor roll student is referred to court for truancy, that’s a problem.
Read Will’s full story here:
The current law in West Virginia only allows for 5 unexcused absences per academic year. As a result, 1 in 3 West Virginia children are considered truant.
Students referred to court for truancy are placed in out-of-home facilities for an average of 450 days and should they be returned home and to their school system, they are so far behind that their probability of graduation is low and their risk of re-entering the justice system as an adult is high.
West Virginia kids, like Will, deserve a fighting chance – let’s keep students in school and out of court. Missing 5 days of school should not result in a lifetime of consequences. #5daystolife