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Absences from school have lasting impacts on a student’s success — in the classroom and in life. 

Cincinnati Public School is required by state law to count student absences based on the number of hours a student misses school — not the number of days a student is absent. Students who are consistently late to school or who leave school early may also be counted as excessively absent. 

Parents or guardians of students who are excessively absent will receive a warning notice letter. If absenteeism continues, a school administrator will contact the student’s parent or guardian to create an attendance plan, which will outline expectations to improve the student’s attendance and provide information about resources available to assist families in getting students to school on time.

As a last resort, if a student’s attendance does not improve, Cincinnati Public Schools is required to refer them to the Hamilton County Juvenile Court for truancy proceedings.

Truancy Hotline

Community members can report youths suspected of skipping school to our Truancy Hotline, a partnership of Cincinnati Public Schools and the Cincinnati Police Department. 

Callers are asked to provide basic information about suspected truants. 

Truancy Hotline: (513) 363-0003

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