Jennifer D. Andreu, Administrative Director
Federal & State Compliance Office
Truancy Intervention Program Compliance
The Federal & State Compliance Office (FASCO) oversees the district’s reporting of habitual truant students to state and social service agencies for truancy diversion services, and to the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicle for suspension of driving privileges. A habitual truant is defined as a student who accumulates 15 unexcused absences in a period of 90 days, f.s. 1003.01.
In accordance to Florida Statute 1003.26, Enforcement of school attendance, all children who have attained the age of six (6) years or who will have attained the age of six (6) years by February 1st of any school year, or who are older than six (6) years of age but have not attained the age of sixteen (16) years, except as otherwise provided in Florida law, are required to attend school regularly during the entire school term.
The Truancy Intervention Procedures Handbook is produced and updated every school year by FASCO. Truancy Program reminders are noted below:
- The Florida Department of Education created a new habitual truant data element for district reporting;
- Habitual truant flag in DSIS will remain active for only two years;
- Completed Truancy Intervention Program Referral packets are to be submitted by schools to FASCO for students who have 15 unexcused absences within a 90 calendar period. Truancy intervention strategies are to be aligned with the District’s iAttend Initiative; and
- Reports for principals in the portal for students with patterns of non-attendance have been revised for school site monitoring.
Timely referral of students with patterns of non-attendance to social service agencies is required for improved student achievement. For questions regarding Truancy Intervention Program Compliance, you may contact the Federal & State Compliance Office at (305) 883-5323, or submit a HEAT Self Service inquiry to ITS with a subject line of TRUANCY through the use of the employee portal.