Early Warning

Truancy & Conduct Intervention Program

 The Early Warning Program is a joint effort between the Huntsville City Schools Board of Education and the District Attorney’s Office. It is designed to reduce truancy, the number of student dropouts, and to provide an intervention program for student behavior at school. The format of the program consists of group sessions held weekly, throughout the year, in the courtroom of the Madison County Courthouse. The purpose of the Early Warning sessions is to share information concerning legal requirements and the school board policies pertaining to truancy, and behavior, thus constituting an Early Warning. 

Students and parents required to attend Early Warning sessions are students who have been referred for one of the following reasons or combination of reasons:

  1. Five or more unexcused absences

  2. Ten or more questionable excused absences which were not satisfactorily explained

  3. Ten or more unexcused tardies

  4. Up to three out-of-school suspensions

All students (K-12) are subject to the regulations of the Early Warning Program and the provisions as follows:

Section 16-28-13- 

“Every child between the ages of six and 17 years shall be required to attend a public school, private school, church school or be instructed by a competent private tutor for the entire length of the school term in every scholastic year---.”

Section 16-28-12- 

Requires that any parent/guardian who enrolls a student in school be responsible for the students’ proper conduct. It also provides that a parent may be fined $100.00 and receive up to ninety days in jail.

Section 12-15-15- 

Provides that a parent may be fined $500.00 and receive up to one year of hard labor if convicted of parental neglect; contributing to the delinquency of a minor; or if the child is found to be a child inNEED OF SUPERVISION. They may also be required to pay restitution to the Board of Education.

An important part of the EARLY WARNING PROGRAM is to offer help or assistance to parents and students with problems which may interfere with the Hearing Process.

View Truancy Flow Chart 


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