My 10 year old has diagnosed anxiety and depression, her therapist thinks she has sensory issues and possible ADHD and/or sleep problems. Because of all these issues along with the normal flu or dental appointments, she has been tardy or absent multiple times this school year. She has 3 unexcused absences and 7 'partial absences', which means she came in between 8:10 and 10 (normally just a minute or two after 8:10). She has had multiple breakdowns in the mornings because of stress caused by school or lack of sleep. Once she is calmed down enough to go to school it's oftentimes later than I'd like. I know it's my job to know the attendance policy inside and out and I know I failed at that. I've been trying to get the school and her teacher to to understand what's going on with her but I keep hitting a brick wall. So now I have to go to truancy court and possibly face a fine, jail time, community service and a criminal record.
Anyway - actual question now - what can I expect at the court proceedings? Should I bring my daughter? I will call the court tomorrow to ask but I'm curious if anyone has any experience to share.
on Mar. 25, 2013 at 11:40 AM