Truancy Committee hosts first meeting

The first meeting of the Fort Bend Truancy Policy Committee was held last month. Submitted photo)

The first meeting of the Fort Bend Truancy Policy Committee was held last month. Submitted photo)

County Judge Bob Hebert and City of Sugar Land Mayor James Thompson recently appointed a County Wide Truancy Policy Committee to establish a unified truancy policy for Fort Bend County.

Established in the 84th Legislature, HB 2398  imposed a requirement on all counties with two or more courts hearing truancy cases, and two or more school districts, to appoint a committee to recommend uniform processes and procedures for truancy cases.

The county judge and the mayor of the municipality in the county with the greatest population (Mayor Thompson in Sugar Land) are charged with this task.  The first policy meeting was held Jan. 12.  The resulting policy is scheduled to be submitted in May of this year. “County Judge Bob Hebert said, “While there is no mandate for adoption by the school districts to adopt this policy, it is my understanding that the policy will be submitted to the legislature in the next session as they consider a statewide mandate for truancy.”

For more information, please contact Beth Wolf at beth.wolf@fortbendcountytx.gov.

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