Rapid City Area Schools come up with virtual truancy policy

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City Area Schools have always had a truancy policy for students who play hooky.

Now, the School Board is looking at how to apply the policy and keep track of students attendance through virtual learning.

When schools were shut down in the Spring, there was no virtual truancy plan in place, and it was hard to regulate attendance.

But with the start of a new school year, RCAS wants to come up with a plan to keep track of students who should be learning remotely.

“The law says that up until the age of 18 students are required to attend school,” said Curt Pochardt , RCAS board president. “And now that can be on virtual learning type basis, but you still have to log in, do the work, turn it in and be responsible, so the idea is to apply the same criteria. Show up, do the work even if showing up means just logging in on your computer.”

If a student learning at home is truant for more than 10 days, the principal of the school will contact the state attorney’s office, and the parents could face a fine or jail time.

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