Early Warning Policy
Student Handbook and Code of
Section XII. Early Warning Program
The Alabama Compulsory School
Attendance Law, Code of Alabama, Section 16-28-03, (1975) requires
children between the ages of six and seventeen to enroll and attend
school. Additionally, the Code of Alabama, Section 16-28-12 (1975)
as amended May 17, 1993, requires that any parent/guardian who
enrolls a student in school be responsible for the child's regular
attendance in school and proper conduct while there.
To implement the requirements of the Code of Alabama, Section
16-28-03, et seq (1975) your school system, district attorney and
juvenile court have implemented an Early Warning Program. Please be
advised that all students in grades kindergarten through twelve are
subject to the provisions of this program.
The following procedures for handling truancy and/or
conduct problems shall be administered throughout the Franklin
County School System.
1. FIRST TRUANCY/UNEXCUSED ABSENCE OR FIFTH UNEXCUSED
TARDY PER YEAR (WARNING)
a. Parent/Guardian shall be
notified by the school principal or his/her designee
that the student was truant and the date
of the truancy.
b. Parent/guardian shall also be provided with a copy of
Alabama's compulsory school attendance laws and advised of the
penalties that can be applied and the procedures that shall be
followed in the event that other unexcused absences occur.
2. NO EARLIER THAN THE
FIFTH UNEXCUSED ABSENCE, SEVENTH UNEXCUSED TARDY, OR
TENTH EXCUSED ABSENCE PER YEAR
a. The parent, guardian, or person having control of the child
shall (1) attend a conference with the attendance officer and
principal or his/her designee and/or (2) participate in the
early warning program provided by the juvenile court.
b. Attendance at one of these conferences shall be mandatory
except where prior arrangements have been made or an emergency
c. Failure to appear at the school conference and/or to appear
at the early warning program shall result in the filing of a
complaint/petition against the parent under Code of Alabama (1975),
Section 16-28-12(c) (failure to cooperate), or a truancy against
the child, whichever is appropriate
3. NO EARLIER THAN SEVENTH UNEXCUSED ABSENCE, OR
TENTH UNEXCUSED TARDY PER YEAR, BUT WITHIN (10) SCHOOL DAYS
File complaint/petition against the child and/or
parent/guardian, if appropriate.
4. PARENT AND CHILDREN CAN ALSO BE ASSIGNED TO EARLY
WARNING AND COURT FOR SITUATIONS IN WHICH THE STUDENT IS CONSIDERED
A BEHAVIOR PROBLEM, OR FOR EXCESSIVE CHECKOUTS AS DEEMED NECESSARY
BY THE PRINCIPAL OR HIS DESIGNEE.
5. CHILD UNDER PROBATION
a. The school attendance officer should be notified by the
juvenile probation officer of all children in the school system
under probation supervision by the juvenile court as consistent
with the state statute, Code of Alabama (1975), Section 12- 15-100
b. Where a child under probation is truant, the school
attendance officer should immediately notify the juvenile probation