Daytime Truancy Law: Can My Home Schooler Get a Ticket?
A Daytime Truancy Law involves any minor out in public between the hours of 8:30am and 2:30pm on a school day. Some home school parents falsely think a school ID will exonerate their student from obtaining a ticket. The issue is not verifying student enrollment, but whether they have permission to be outside a school setting at that moment. A ticket will require the parent and minor to appear in court and can be worth $250 or a determined number of community service hours. To avoid this concern, a student should have some documentation (current work schedule, note to visit the library, etc dated for that day and time) or be with a parent. This law is not geared to pick on home schoolers, but was designed to assist the local authorities in dealing with kids who are skipping school.