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Does New Hanover County schools have a truant officer?

Pressley Baird

New Hanover County follows state law on compulsory school attendance, which puts parents and guardians in charge of a student’s attendance until he or she is 16 years old.

Unless parents provide a note to the school about why a student was absent, the absence is considered unexcused. New Hanover County policy sets up a sliding scale for handling unexcused absences. After three unexcused absences, the school contacts the parents. After six unexcused absences, the school gets in touch with a social worker. After 10 unexcused absences, the school will get in touch with the county’s district attorney.


These stories from November 2012 reveal more about the New Hanover County Schools’ truancy policies:

Some students have reasons not to be in school, officials say

Involved parents, technology essential to reducing truancy

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