Dear Parents/Guardians,

The State of Ohio has passed a new truancy law, Ohio HB 410. All Ohio schools are mandated to enforce Ohio HB 410 starting the 2017/18 school year. This letter is to inform you of the mandates that we are required to enforce beginning this year. Good attendance to school is a vital part of your child’s educational success. The Miamisburg Board of Education endeavors to reduce truancy through cooperation with parents, diligence in investigating the causes of absence and use of strict guidelines in regard to tardiness and unexcused absence. Ohio HB 410 requires us to take the following steps in an effort to reduce truancy:

● Attendance tracking has changed from days of school to hours of school.
● Ohio law now considers students who miss 38 hours (6 days) of school in one month or 65 hours (10 days) in a school year, excessive. School districts are now required to notify you when you child reaches that threshold. Any future absences will require evidence that explains why the absence from school was necessary (e.g. court document, doctor’s note). Final authorization of an absence will be determined only after the required additional information is presented.
● If a student is absent for 30 unexcused hours in a row (5 days), 42 unexcused hours in a month (7 days) or 72 unexcused hours (12 days) in a school year a student will be considered habitually truant from school.
● Once a student has met the threshold of habitual truant the district will form a Absence Intervention Team. The team must consist of two school representatives (one of which must be familiar the child), child’s parent/custodian and the child. Other possible team members may include a counselor, a school psychologist, and even a member of a public/private agency who is providing assistance to lower absences. The student and parent are required by law to be active participants on an Absence Intervention Team and follow any subsequent plan to improve school attendance. Failure to participate and comply will result in the immediate truancy filing on the student and possible filing against the parent/guardian through juvenile court. Additionally, if the parent/guardian fails to participate, it may result in a mandatory referral to Montgomery County Children Services Board.

Please be sure to report your child(ren)’s absences to the school by contacting them directly and by sending in a written note the following day. If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact Cathy Gilkison, District Attendance Officer with any questions at 937-866-0771 ext. 1012.

Thank you,

Miamisburg City Schools