What does the law say...

-> Children from the ages of 5-18 are required to attend school
-> In Virginia, truancy is described as seven or more unexcused absences in a year
-> Requires parents to send children to school
-> Requires students to attend school
-> Requires schools to take specific action when children are not enrolled or students fail to attend
-> Authorizes law enforcement to take specific action when children are not enrolled or students fail to attend
-> Truancy can lead to Juvenile Court and a CHINS(Child in Need of Supervision) petition

Attendance Officers are assigned to assist with attendance issues such as home visit, calls to parents, submission of court referral packages and attendance at court hearings


-> Make home visits, assist with parent/guardian calls, if possible, when needed
-> Acknowledge receipt of Court Action Referral package
-> Contact the parent/guardian regarding referral
-> Identify Learnfare students
-> Assist with problem Child Complaint process
-> File court referral package following an investigation
-> Forward court referral information to the appropriate sources
-> Give feedback to referring school regarding disposition of court care

Children In Need of Services (CHINS)  

Good Attendance is the number one key to academic success.

Definition of Child In Need of Supervision Petition (CHINS) – A child who, while subject to compulsory school attendance, is habitually and without justification absent from school

CHINS Team – An intervention that provides the parent and child an opportunity to avoid  having a formal C.H.I.N.S. Petition filed with the Juvenile and Domestic  Relations Court.

Virginia Courts

CHINS Website

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