Manatee County has Compulsory School Attendance that, by law, requires all children ages 6 - 16 to attend school. Students ages 17 and 18 are also compelled by law to attend school, if they have not obtained a high school diploma or properly completed the paperwork to voluntarily terminate their enrollment. Truancy officers track and assist schools in providing intervention for students with excessive unexcused absentee and tardy rates. Truancy officers also refer students and parents for services through Children and Families in Need of Services (CIN-FINS). Habitual truants are referred for alternative programs and may have cases referred for subsequent court action.
For more information, please call Steve Wigginton at:
941-751-6550, ext. 43091