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Truancy (BECCA) & Compulsory Attendance

Washington State’s truancy law, known as the Becca Bill, requires the school district and the juvenile court to take specific actions when youth are truant.

One-half of a student’s school day will be considered as Becca unexcused absence.  Parents concerned about your student’s unexcused absences can insist that your child attends school, keep in contact with the school about your child’s attendance, attend scheduled conferences and follow the attendance agreement developed for your child.  If you feel your child is “out of control” and you would like to enlist the help of the courts, feel free to contact the Cowlitz County Juvenile Court Services at 360.577.3100.