Truancy

Student Services

DPS Administration Building
115 S. Ludlow St.
Dayton OH  45402

Truancy Hotline: 542-3324

Delvin Terry, Director of Truancy (937) 542-3324
Tobette Brown, Truancy Officer (937) 542-3320

Student Services works with students, families and school personnel on improving the attendance of students. The staff provides assistance for families with challenges prohibiting their child from attending school on a regular basis. Student Services also collaborate with other community agencies when intervention is needed. Student Services assists the school staff in developing truancy intervention plans including incentives to improve the district’s overall attendance.

Student Services partners with the Montgomery County Juvenile Court to prevent and reduce student truancy. The Student Service staff also works daily with the Dayton Police Department in operating a truancy center for students who are not in attendance at their respective schools.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to address the legal issues of the Dayton Public Schools concerning attendance of students by providing intervention and prevention services for students and families that increase student attendance. 

The goals of the program are:

  • To monitor students’ attendance and report to the building administrators the needs for interventions.
  • To refer identified students to outreach community-based agencies and/or programs.
  • To transition chronically truant students back into the school system.

Truancy Law

Senate Bill 181

Expands the definition of delinquent child to also include any child who meets one of the following criteria:

1.    Habitual Truant

  • 5 consecutive unexcused absences
  • 7 unexcused absences in one month
  • 12 unexcused absences in one school year.

2.   Chronic Truant

  • 7 consecutive unexcused absences
  • 10 unexcused absences in one month
  • 15 unexcused absences in one school year.

NOTE: Any youths found unruly are subject to intervention, treatment and community service sanctions. Youths found delinquent are subject to tougher sanctions including detention in the case of a violation of a valid court.

City of Dayton Daytime Ordinance

On October 2, 2002, the city commission of Dayton ordained 137.13 School Attendance and Parental Supervision:

No child between the age of six and seventeen, inclusive, who is required to be in attendance at either a public, chartered, or private school or work or an alternative placement program, or who is under supervision or expulsion from a public, chartered, or private school or an alternative placement program, shall be on or about any public place or commercial premises within the City between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. or a regular school day.

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