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 and the number of student dropouts, The format of the program consists of a group session held at a school. The purpose of the Early Warning is to share information concerningthe legal requirements and school board policies pertaining to attendance-thus, an Early Warning.

Students who have a referral filed against them for any of the following, when need to attend Early Warning along with their parents:

  1. Five (5) or more unexcused absences;

  2. Seven (7) or more questionable excused absences which were not satisfactorily explained;

  3. Ten or more unexcused tardies.

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

Section 16-28-3-

“Every child between the ages of 6 and 17 years shall be required to attend a public school, private school, church schoo,l 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’ regular attendance and proper conduct. A parent/guardian conficted of failing to do so may be fined $100.00 and receive up to 90 days in jail.

Section 12-15-13- 

Provides that a parent may be fined $500.00 and receive up to one year in jail if convicted of parental neglect; contributing to the delinquency of a minor; or if the child is found to be a child in Need 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.


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