Truancy Court

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As the school year comes to a close, the Lansing School District attributes the truancy program for better school attendance.

Truancy court was launched two years ago as a way to deal with truant students. Administrators say they hope it has a rippling effect, grabbing the attention of those students on the fence.

School officials want students to be on time everyday or face the consequences.

The Lansing School District had 289 students in the truancy court program last year, with 75% of them improving their attendance while involved in the program.

Students could find themselves at the Ingham County Circuit Court if they have 10 unexcused absences or tardies.

Consequences range from probation and community service to serving time in the Ingham County Youth Center.