Education board approves truancy tickets, fines for Logan High students

Logan High School students who skip class will soon be issued truancy tickets from school administrators that comes with a fine. The Logan City School District Board of Education approved the ticket system at meeting Tuesday night. Logan High Assistant Principal Doug Snow said he hopes the ticket will “help put a little more teeth” in administrators’ ability to get kids get back to class. The ticket is aimed at deterring habitual truancy and clearing kids from the halls during class periods. These tickets are separate from the truancy tickets sometimes given out by police officers, which requires the student go through the court system. Students will be given warnings for being out of class. After a few warnings they’ll be given a “sluff” and have to pay $5 to go to Saturday school. Snow said if the behavior continues, the student will be issued truancy tickets. The first ticket will cost $15, the second will cost $30 and every ticket after that will cost $45. Money collected will be used to reward students with good attendance records and to pay for a part time employee to roam the halls encouraging students to get to class. The part time employee would work for four hours each day, covering lunches and the last class periods which are frequent times for kids to skip class or arrive late. According a proposal set before the education board, the goal of truancy tickets is not to “‘get’ the students,” but “to encourage all students to go to class and make good choices, and learn to be accountable when they make bad choices, which includes real consequences.” Students have a 14-day window to appeal the ticket. The parent, student and an administrator will sit down and discuss why the ticket was given. Families will be informed of this new policy through a letter home to parents and announcements made at school for the students, Snow said. –

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