Parent Letter from Judge Allen

MIDLAND COUNTY PROBATE COURT
FORTY-SECOND  CIRCUIT  COURT  –  FAMILY DIVISION

Dorene  S. Allen
Presiding Probate & Juvenile Judge

(989) 832-6880  Probate Court
(989) 832-6890  Family Division
(989) 832-6607  Fax
Juvenile Care Center 3712 E. Ashman St. Midland, Michigan 48642

(989) 837-6080 Telephone
(989) 837-6094 Fax
Midland County Courthouse 301 W. Main Street
Midland, Michigan 48640-5183
A  MESSAGE  FROM  THE MIDLAND  COUNTY  PROBATE  & FAMILY COURT

Re: School Absences & Truancy Dear Parent:
It has been the goal of the Midland County Probate and Family Court since I took the bench in 2000,
to ensure that all children attend school on a consistent basis . Education is the great equalizer
and provides opportunities for all of our young people . With that in mind, this will serve as a
reminder of the attendance  policy  per the Court’s Truancy Protocol that  all schools must
follow.

The law states that “every parent, guardian, or other person in this state having control and
charge of a child from the age of six to the child’s eighteenth birthday , shall send that child to
the public schools during the entire school year.” To that end, the Midland County Truancy Protocol
is a development of a collaborative effort between the Midland County Circuit Court – Family
Division, the 75th District Court, the Midland County Prosecuting Attorney ‘s Office, Community
Mental Health for Central Michigan , and Midland  County public schools.

At 5-7 invalid absences, the school will hold a parent conference and the parent/student will sign
an attendance agreement. Interventions  and  resources are offered.  At 7-9 invalid  absences, the
school contacts the Court and schedules a truancy conference.  Interventions  and resources  are
offered  as well as an explanation of the Court process. At 9-12 invalid absences, a petition is
filed by the school with the Court.

An invalid absence is any absence other than a medical note from a physician , therapist or
dentist. This would  include vacations and family excused  absences.

The goal is to keep kids in school as much as possible to achieve educational success. As a parent,
guardian or caretaker or you r child, we know that this is your goal, too. We look forward to
working together to make school a priority  for our  children.
Presiding  Probate & Family Court Judge