Truancy Court Back in Session

Students in the Lansing school district are encouraged to show up to class on time everyday or they'll find themselves in truancy court.

The district will kick off a new year of truancy court with the first of several assemblies at Dwight Rich Middle School Thursday.

It's a partnership between the district, the city, and the Ingham County Prosecutor's Office. Truancy court was implemented in 2001 with the goal of improving attendance, and reducing the dropout rate.

Real judges preside over the court, and sentence students who are chronically absent.

Punishments can range anywhere from community service to boot camp. Parents can also be fined or ordered to take parenting classes. Lansing school officials say they've noticed a dramatic improvement in attendance since truancy court was created.