New Ohio Attendance and Truancy Law
The Ohio General Assembly passed House Bill 410 that goes into effect this new school year. With this new law, all school districts across the State will be required to notify parents of specific accumulated excused and unexcused absences during the school year. The Ohio Department of Education released guidance documents to school districts in the last couple of weeks. With these documents the school district is now able to share with you information about this new State requirement.
With this new law, two new categories of accumulated absences were created: Excessive Absences and Habitual Truant.
Excessive absences is defined by:
- “38 or more hours in one school month with or without a legitimate excuse”, and
- “65 or more hours in one school year with or without a legitimate excuse”.
If a student meets the above criteria, the new law requires each school district to notify parents by letter of this information. Thus, if your student goes beyond these requirements, we will send you a letter in the mail. In addition, the school district is required to notify the State of Ohio through our State reporting software that the letter was sent to parent/custodian/guardian.
Habitual truant is defined by:
- “Absent 30 or more consecutive hours without a legitimate excuse”,
- “Absent 42 or more hours in one school month without a legitimate excuse”; and
- “Absent 72 hours or more in one school year without a legitimate excuse”.
If a student meets the above criteria, the new law requires each school district to notify parent/custodian/guardian by letter of this information. In addition to this requirement, the school district is required to develop an Absence Intervention Team to work with the parent/custodian/guardian and student on improving attendance to school. The school district is required to notify the State of Ohio through our State reporting software when the team is developed and letters are sent. If the student does not make progress on the plan within 61 days or continues to be excessively absent, the new law requires the district to file a complaint in juvenile court.
If you would like further information on this new law we encourage you to go to the Ohio Department of Education website (http://education.ohio.gov/) and search HB 410 Attendance and Truancy.
In the Anthony Wayne Local School District, we are very happy that we continue to have, on average, a 95% attendance rate each year. We look forward to continuing this trend into the future and working with parents, custodians, and/or guardians to maximize learning for all students.
Welcome Back to School
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Whitehouse Drinking Water
The District received notice from the Village of Whitehouse concerning testing that was done on the drinking water that is supplied to the Whitehouse area. Since many students are participating in summer activities at the school buildings within the Village of Whitehouse and drinking the water supplied to them, we feel it is important to share this notice in order for you to determine if you would prefer to supply your child(ren) with water from a different source (e.g., bottled). The District will continue to communicate with Village officials concerning this matter. If you have any questions concerning the notice or the water supply, the Village has offered to take all questions. You may call Steve Pilcher at 419-877-5383.
Registration for the Anthony Wayne Class of 2030 is now Open
Anthony Wayne Schools is now accepting online pre-registration of Kindergarten students for the fall of 2017. In order to attend Kindergarten in the fall, your child must be five years old by September 30, 2017, and you must reside in the Anthony Wayne School District.
Click HERE to go to the kindergarten registration page.