The law allows School Districts to file charges in Justice
Court against parents or their children when the child has missed more
days of school than the law allows. A case filed against the parent is
usually done so under a law known as PARENT CONTRIBUTING TO TRUANCY OR
THWARTING. A charge filed against the child is usually filed as FAILURE
TO ATTEND SCHOOL.
If a truancy case is filed in Collin County, the School
District is usually represented by an Attendance Officer. The Attendance
Officer files a complaint against the child/parent, or both, and submits
it to the Court. The Court then sets a hearing date. The parent may hire
an attorney if they wish, but one is not required for these hearings.
At the hearing, the Judge will listen to both sides.
The Judge may:
- Dismiss the case or order no sanction.
- Fine the child or parent.
- Order the child or parent to attend a Truancy or Parenting class.
- Enter a Court Order listing specific requirements of the child or
the parent including but not limited to tutorial programs, Driver's License
Suspension, GED or Community Supervision.
The purpose of the hearing is to delve into the complaint and require
the complainant to prove the complaint, to determine whether the complaint
has merit, to allow the defendant(s) an opportunity to respond, and to
determine the proper course for each case.
The school district's representative or Attendance Officer
may use the following forms to file a truancy complaint against a parent
and/or child or if you wish to file electronically contact the Court Administrator
of the court you wish to file in.
Thwarting Complaint Form (complaint filed against the parent)
Truancy Complaint Form (complaint filed against the child)
If you have additional questions call your Justice of the Peace office.