2. How many absences can a child have legally?

A child is considered habitually truant after 5 absences within the same school year, and excessively absent if they miss more than 10 percent of total class time. An excessively truant student may face a variety of consequences ranging from suspension to probation. In many cases, the child will be sent to a truancy officer who may arrange a court date that both the student and the parents will be required to attend.