Tehama County D.A.'s Office and Department of Education partner to keep truancy numbers down

The law and The Department of Education are cracking down on kids missing school in Tehama County.

Posted: Feb 14, 2020 7:05 PM

RED BLUFF, Calif. - The law and The Department of Education are cracking down on kids missing school in Tehama County.

Just this week, the District Attorney’s office arrested 3 parents for contributing to delinquency of a minor. Both the D.A. and Department of Education are working to keep kids in school

“Early childhood education places a critical role in child's success in life,” said Tehama County District Attorney Matthew Rogers.

Action News Now asked what were some of the reasons kids were skipping school in Tehama County.

“A lot of families have different barriers,” said Superintendent Rich DuVarney. “There’s a lot of trauma and mental health issues that can on with the students and their parents.”

The Department of Education says missing school consistently is a misdemeanor.

“We never want to get to that phase, we always want to help families before we arrest them,” said Zephyr Kraphel, a child welfare and attendance specialist for the county. “But we do need that hammer and legal actions for some of those families who are unable to comply.”

But it also impacts their learning

“One of the problems that we see is that our younger students are not learning to read when they should be,” said Kraphel.

There is good news. The Department of Education says, it’s seen a decrease in students skipping school. Eighty-four students missed fewer than a week of school, while 42 didn’t miss any.

The D.A.’s office says, arresting a parent is the last resort.

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