Early Warning Procedures
- On the first unexcused truancy, the parent/guardian will be notified by the school principal or his/her designee that the student was truant and the date of the truancy. The parent/guardian will also be provided with a copy of Alabama’s compulsory school attendance law and advised of the penalties that can be applied and the procedures that will be followed in the event that other unexcused absences occur.
- Should a student accumulate five (5) unexcused absences during a school year, he/she will be referred to the Attendance Coordinator. The parent will be required to participate in the Early Warning Program provided by the Juvenile Court System and/or attend a Student Attendance meeting at the Vestavia Hills Board of Education. Attendance at these conferences is mandatory except where prior arrangements have been made or an emergency exists.
- When the Attendance Officer has been notified by the principal or his/her designee that the student has reached 7 unexcused absences, 15 excused absences or 10 unexcused tardies, the principal or his/her designee in conference with the Attendance Officer will make a decision whether or not to refer the student to Early Warning.
- The Attendance Officer will go out to the home address of the child prior to the filing with Family Court to verify the address and residency of the child.
- The Attendance Officer will complete and provide all documentation required by the court.
- The Attendance Officer will fax the referral to Family Court, listing the date set for review.
- The Attendance Officer will mail a letter to the parents specifying the date and time for Early Warning.
- The Attendance Officer will be present at the review.
- The Attendance Officer will report to the school the action taken by Early Warning.
We reserve the right to adjust these procedures as needed based on special circumstances.