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May 15, 2014

THEIR VIEW: Parents responsible for avoiding truancy

We understand there are days when children don’t want to go to school. Maybe they are tired or feeling run down but not necessarily sick.

In these occasional instances, it may be all right to keep one’s child home.

However, when missing school becomes a habit it does harm.

We cannot condone the actions of parents who allow their child to miss 10, 15 or more days of school in a single calendar year.

Education is one of the most important things we can give our children — we have said this many times in the past. By allowing a child to miss so much school — more than 10 percent of the year in some cases — parents are allowing their child to miss out on something very important and something they will need for the rest of their lives.

Of course there are the excused reasons for missing so much school, including chronic illness or injury. But those cases are few and far between and are considered excused absences. We are talking about parents who do not have valid reasons to let their children miss so much school.

Truancy is a crime and one that has been prosecuted in Grant County.

There might be reasons a child does not want to attend school, such as being bullied. However, allowing a child to stay home does not help this problem. Instead, the issue should be brought before the proper authorities so one’s child, and other children, can attend school in a safe environment.

No matter what, it is the responsibility of parents to make sure their child is getting an education that will set them up for the rest of their lives. Not doing this only serves to hurt those we should be caring about.

— Chronicle-Tribune, Marion

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