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Yuba City School District Tells Schools To Stop Truancy Letters For Students Missing Class During Teachers' Strike

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

The Yuba City Unified School District says it does not want schools to send out truancy letters to students who have missed school as a result of the current teachers' strike.

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

UPDATE: Tuesday afternoon, the Yuba City Unified School District says it notified the schools that they should stop any truancy letters from being sent to students who have missed class during the teachers' strike.

As the Yuba City teachers' strike marks its fourth day, some school administrators plan to send out truancy letters as soon as Tuesday.

Capital Public Radio contacted the offices of all 17 schools and found six expected to send out letters, or expected an automated system to send out the letters for them. Eight schools did not expect letters would be sent. Four had made no decision.

Nancy Aaberg is the Superintendent of the Yuba City Unified School District. She says a notice was supposed to have already gone out to schools telling them not to send out the letters.

"Accumulated unexcused absences can result in a truancy letter," says Aaberg. "But, we are asking all of our administrators to hold those letters and not issue them. We do not want this strike to become a truancy issue."

All 17 schools say the district has not contacted them with instructions.

State law says a student is truant if a student has three consecutive unexcused absences.

But, a law passed in 2013 allows school administrators to decide if unexcused absences would be excused.

Attendance rates for the first three days of the strike have averaged about 50 percent. There are 14,000 students in the district.

Labor negotiations continued past midnight Tuesday morning. The District is offering an 11.1 percent raise over three years. The teachers union wants 15 percent.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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