What is the definition of Truancy?

Children are considered truant when they have accumulated 3 consecutive unexcused absences, 5 unexcused absences in any semester, or 7 unexcused absences in any school year. The attendance officer at each school building has the discretion to determine if reasons offered by the child or his/her parents is sufficient or if the absence will be considered unexcused. 

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