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How to Battle Truancy


Daily school attendance is crucial for academic achievement here at Greenville Public School District.  Regular school attendance promotes commendable work habits, improved classroom performance, and enhanced social skills.


What is the actual definition of truancy?


"Compulsory-school-age child" means a child who has attained or will attain the age of six (6) years on or before September 1 of the calendar year and who has not attained the age of seventeen (17) years on or before September 1 of the calendar year; and shall include any child who has attained or will attain the age of five (5) years on or before September 1 and has enrolled in a full-day public school kindergarten program.

A "truant" is a student who is absent without a valid excuse as identified in Policy JBA, Compulsory School Attendance.  "Truancy" also includes absence without permission from any class, study hall or school-related activity for which a student is scheduled during the school day.


Disciplinary action shall be taken against students who are truant.  Continued truancy may lead to academic failure, placement in the alternative school program and/or suspension or expulsion from the regular and/or alternative school programs.


Reports of truancy shall be made in accordance with the Mississippi Compulsory School Attendance Law (MS CODE ' 37-13-91) and Policy JBA.


Greenville Public School District is committed to working with juvenile officials, law enforcement, and community members to keep students in school. The Mayor’s Office, the City Council, Chief Wilson, and Judge Johnson have offered full support to assist in battling truancy. 



Truancy Hotline: Community members can report students suspected of skipping school to our Truancy Hotline, a partnership of Greenville Public School District and the Greenville Police Department.

TRUANCY HOTLINE: 662-378-1515

Greenville Public Schools
412 South Main Street
Greenville, MS 38701
Phone: 662-334-7000
Fax: 662-334-7021