The law allows School Districts to file charges in Justice Court against parents or their children when the child has missed more days of school than the law allows. A case filed against the parent is usually done so under a law known as PARENT CONTRIBUTING TO TRUANCY . A charge filed against the child is usually filed as FAILURE TO ATTEND SCHOOL.
A student or parent can be filed on if the student has 3 days or part of days unexcused absences in a 4 week period or 10 days or part of days unexcused absences in a 6 month period.
If a truancy case is filed in Orange County, the School District is usually represented by an Attendance Officer. The Attendance Officer files a complaint against the child/parent, or both, and submits it to the Court. The Court then sets a hearing date. The parent may hire an attorney if they wish, but one is not required for these hearings.
At the hearing, the Judge will listen to both sides. The Judge may: