Greene County Schools would like to notify each of you of a NEW Truancy Law. The law T.C.A. code 49-6-3009(c) states that every local board of education shall adopt a Progressive Truancy Plan for students who violate compulsory school attendance requirements prior to filing a truancy petition or a criminal prosecution for educational neglect. Progressive Truancy Intervention Plans must meet the following requirements:
TIER I will occur at the minimum of 3 unexcused absences.
1. A conference with the student, parent/guardian or other person having control
of the student.
2. An Attendance Contract signed by the student, parent/guardian or other
person having control of the student, and an attendance supervisor or
designee. The Attendance Contract must include:
A. A specific description of the school’s attendance expectations for the
B. The period for which the contract is in effect
C. The consequences for additional absences and alleged school offenses.
This may include any disciplinary action and could result in a referral to
Tier II will occur at the minimum of 5 unexcused absences.
Tier II must be implemented upon a student’s accumulation of additional unexcused absences in violation of the Attendance Contract in Tier I. Tier II must include an individualized assessment by a school employee of the reasons the child has been absent from school. The employee may refer a student to counseling, community-based services, or other in-school or out-of-school services aimed at addressing the students attendance problems.
Tier III will occur at the minimum of 10 unexcused absences.
Tier III must be implemented if the truancy interventions under Tier II or unsuccessful. The student may be referred to the Greene County Schools Truancy Board.
If you have any questions, please reach out to your child's principal.
You may also reach Amber Moore with the Attendance Office at 423.638.1805