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General Information

Who is a 'Truant?'
  • (105 ILCS 5/26-2a) Sec. 26-2a.
    A "truant" is defined as a child subject to compulsory school attendance and who is absent without a valid cause from such attendance for a school day or portion thereof.
What is a valid cause for a school absence?
  1. Illness
  2. Observance of a religious holiday
  3. Death in immediate family
  4. Family emergency
  5. Other situation beyond the control of the student as determined by the district's board of education
What is a "Chronic Truant?"
    A child at compulsory attendance age who has accumulated 5% or more unexcused absences of the previous 180 regular attendance days.

(105 ILCS 5/26-10) Sec. 26-10. Fine for Noncompliance.
Any person having custody or control of a child subject to the provisions of this Article to whom notice has been given of the child's truancy and who knowingly and willfully permits such a child to persist in his truancy within that school year, upon conviction thereof shall be guilty of a Class C misdemeanor and shall be subject to not more than 30 days imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $500.

Truancy Petition Steps

Steps in moving toward truancy petition to the State's Attorney Office.
  1. After the third day of unexcused absences a letter is mailed to the home from the building principal stating:
      A. Days Absent
      B. Next step will be a mandatory appearance at a Local Truancy Review Board.

  2. After the sixth (6th) day of unexcused absences a letter is mailed home from district office stating time, date, and location of their appearance at a local truancy review board. (Local truancy review board designs districts interventions for the truant.)

  3. After the ninth (9th) day of unexcused absences a letter mailed to home from ROE stating time, date, and location of their appearance at the Regional Truancy Review Board. (This Review Board designs interventions for truant students.)

  4. After nine unexcused absences and an appearance before the Regional Truancy Review Board, a petition may be filed with the St. Clair County State's Attorney.


  • After students reaches 3 days of unexcused attendance, principal or designee sends 3-day letter.
  • After 6 days of unexcused absences, a letter is sent from the District Superintendent stating the time and place for the Local Review Board Hearing.
  • After 9 days of unexcused absences, the school district notifies the Regional Office of Education and a notification letter to appear before the Regional Truancy Hearing Board will be mailed.


  • A. Student Referal Form - Local Outcome form
  • B. Copy of the 3 day Letter
  • C. Truancy Fact Sheet - Truancy Not To Be Taken Lightly
  • D. Copy of the 6 day letter
  • E. State's Attorney Letter
  • F. Student & Parent Questionaire
  • G. Student SIS Number
  • H. Student Service Action Plan
  • I. Demographic Sheet
  • J. Truancy Interventions
  • K. Official Attendance Record

Notice to appear before the Regional Truancy Review Board after 9 days of unexcused absences
  • Melissa will process the 9 day letter after contact from the appropriate school personnel
  • Tijuana Macon, Truancy Case Manager, will notify TRB Board for scheduled TRB Hearings

Regional Review Board Hearings
  • Held on Wednesdays, (changes noted on schedule) at the ROE at 1:00 p.m. provided all information has been submitted to Melissa Weber. Melissa's contact number is: 618-825-3904.
  • Persons Present
      1. Student and Parent
      2. Hearing Officer - Brad Harriman
      3. Truancy & Mental Health Case Manger - Tijuana Macon, will monitor student attendance and recommendations of the Truancy Review Board
      4. Social Service Agency Representatives
      5. Appropriate School Personnel (if applicable)

Hearing Dates


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