Washington State Law requires that children between the age of 8 and 18 attend school regularly (if the child is between the ages of 6-8 and enrolled in school, the law applies). You are in violation of the Washington State Truancy Law if one or more of the following is true:
if a student has five (5) or more unexcused absenses in one month; or
if a student has ten (10) or more unexcused absences in one year.
A Juvenile Probation Counselor is assigned to each Benton-Franklin County School District to provide community truancy boards, screen and process truancy petitions and contempts, provide recommendations to the court for sanctions, monitor court ordered sanctions, advocate for students/parents within the school and provide referrals to community resources.
Program for juveniles referred for first-time, minor offenses including recruiting, screening, monitoring, supporting and scheduling volunteer members for Community Accountability Boards; Case Management and Referral Services; Monitor compliance with Diversion Contract; Provide skill building intervention programming for youth.
The law defines At-Risk Youth as an individual under the age of 18 years old who:
Is absent from home for more than 72 consecutive hours without consent of his/her parent(s)/guardian(s); or
Is beyond the control of his/her parent(s)/guardian(s) such that the child's behavior substantially endangers the health, safety, or welfare of the child or another person; or
Has a serious substance abuse problem for which there are no pending charges related to substance abuse.
Click HERE for a description of the Ex Parte process.
Click HERE for information and attestation form.
Superior Court Administration Benton County Justice Center
7122 W Okanogan Pl
Kennewick, WA 99336
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