- Truancy Intervention & Prevention
- Habitual Truancy
- Truancy Diversion
- Educational Neglect
- Attendance Policies
About the Program
This program is designed to deter students from entering the court system and prevent further attendance problems. The Winona County Restorative Justice Program offers early intervention programming to all Winona County students. To qualify, a student must be 12 years of age or older.
The ultimate goal is to work with students who have not reached the point of habitual truancy. Ideally, students are referred to the Restorative Justice Program no later than the 5th unexcused absence.
Please use the Truancy Intervention Referral (PDF) to refer a student to the Restorative Justice Program - Early Intervention. Intervention referrals should be attached and Truancy Intervention Referral.
It is recommended that you print the completed referral and scan it in to save it for your records. Then, please email the scanned copy to Restorative Justice. This will ensure a successful submission.
About Habitual Truancy
Habitual truancy is defined as a child under the age of 17 but over the age of 12 who misses seven days of school or seven portions of seven different days within a given school year. A petition should be filed with the courts when students reach habitual truancy. Please note: an administrator needs to sign this form before submitting it to the county attorney's office.
File a Petition
It is recommended that you print the completed referral and scan it in to save it for your records. Then, please email the scanned copy to the attorney's office. This will ensure a successful submission.
Diversion is designed to work with students outside of the court system after a truancy petition has been filed with the county attorney's office. Eligibility for diversion is determined by a number of factors including history of chronic truancy, current or pending legal matters, and the number of unexcused absences accrued during the current school year.
Restorative Justice offers diversion to many students every school year in hopes of keeping kids out of court and off truancy probation. This is done by coming up with individual plans for students to be successful in their school environment.
Students are referred to diversion by the county attorney's office and there is no additional paperwork needed from the schools.
About Educational Neglect
If a student is 11 years old or younger and has attendance concerns, a child welfare report for educational neglect needs to be made with Winona County Health and Human Services. While students 12 years of age and older are viewed by state statute as old enough to be responsible for getting to school on time, a child 11 years of age or younger is not. Parents and guardians are ultimately responsible for getting children to school on time and prepared.
In some instances, students between the ages of 12 and 17 can qualify under educational neglect. If parents or guardians are noticeably neglecting a child's educational opportunities, a child welfare report should be made. This is different than truancy.
Report Educational Neglect
If a student reaches seven unexcused absences and meets this criterion, a child welfare report for educational neglect should be made with Winona County Health and Human Services. Please call 507-457-6500 and press 2. You will be connected to a receptionist. Tell them you need to make a report for educational neglect and they will direct you to a member of the screening team. You will then be asked a series of questions related to the situation surrounding the report being made.
A summary of what will happen should be mailed to you within a few business days after making the report.
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- Winona Area Public Schools (District 861) (PDF) - Note: the attendance policy starts on page 5 of the student handbook.