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More parents indicted for childrens truancy
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The Dawson County School System continues to crack down on local parents violating the state's truancy law.

A Dawson County Grand Jury last month indicted six individuals on misdemeanor charges in connection with the number of days their children missed from school.

Court records list the charges as violations of Georgia's Compulsory School Attendance law.

Kelly Dean Evans, 35, Crystal Elaine Pulley, 34, Brandy Christina Puckett, 34 and Mickey Puckett, 36, all of Dawsonville, have surrendered to authorities and were immediately released on their own recognizance, according to Dawson County Sheriff's records.

Court records show Natasha Frady and Bridgett Whittingham were also indicted on June 27.

Janice Darnell, director of student support, said the Dawson County School System refers cases to the court as a last resort when all other support strategies have not been effective.

"The goal of the school district is to provide support to families before attendance situations have negative effects on student achievement," she said.

All parents with children enrolled in the local system are notified of the compulsory attendance requirements and penalties for non-compliance at the start of school each year or upon registration.

Parent signature is required to indicate receipt of this information.

"As unexcused absences begin to occur, the individual school attendance support teams intervene by communicating with and sending notice to parents," Darnell said.

The system's attendance review committee shall automatically refer students under the age of 16 with 10 or more unexcused absences from any of their subjects to the school social worker, according to the school attendance policy posted online.

Letters are sent to parents at different stages in the unexcused and total absence accumulation.

Additionally, reminders of the compulsory attendance regulation are sent and support meetings are scheduled throughout the process.

"At the 10 unexcused-15 total absence mark, the student attendance situation is referred to the school social worker to begin additional intervention and support to the family," Darnell said. "If this support is not effective, then the student situation may be referred for court intervention."

Two Dawsonville women were indicted on similar charges in May.

 

 

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