Four parents face truancy charges

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St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly announced Friday that four parents are facing charges for allowing their children to miss school.

Guardian allowing child truancy charges were filed Feb. 26 against Stephanie L. Edsall, 48, of Belleville; Sarah McBride, 42, of Belleville; Montaria R. Wiley, 26, of Alorton and Twanna E. White, 37, of East St. Louis. Court documents show that Edsall, McBride, Wiley and White’s children remained truant during the 2014-2015 school year even though the parents had been notified by their respective school districts.

The charges against the women are Class C misdemeanors punishable by 30 days in jail, a fine, or both.

The News-Democrat has reported on local truancy issues before.

Public school districts follow similar steps in notifying parents if their child is on the path toward truancy.

After three unexcused absences, a school sends a letter to parents and schedules home/office visits.

If it continues, the school district superintendent sends a letter to parents after six days of unexcused absences. The letter requires parents meet with the Local Truancy Review Board for a corrective action plan.

After nine unexcused absences, the St. Clair County Regional Office of Education sends a letter requiring the parent to appear at a hearing at the office in Belleville.