EBR officials crack down on truancy
BATON ROUGE - The Family and Youth Service Center held mandatory meetings on Monday after 121 parents and guardians were arrested last week for not properly keeping their kids in school this year.
Last week, a truancy round-up was conducted in East Baton Rouge Parish with the help of the Sheriff's office and District Attorney and other law enforcement agencies.
Out of 121 parents, only a third showed up to the two mandatory meetings that were held. Officals say most of the arrest were in the 70802 and 70805 zip code area.
"We've got to make certain that there registered and ready to go on the first day of school," said Roxson Welsh, Director of Family and Youth Service center. "This summer is a real good opportunity to grab and get a hold on these kids so we can show them the different resources that are available in the summertime to get their academic level up to keep them off the streets to give them activities to do this summer."
Official say the meeting was held to give parents and guardians an opportunity to explain their situation. They were also offered resources within Family and Youth Services for their kids this summer.
The parents also signed contracts with school supervisors about what they do before they have to appear in court