Mother arrested for son's 69 unexcused absences
BATON ROUGE - A mother is in trouble with the law after keeping her kid home from school for almost 70 days.
Latoya Jarvis was arrested on improper supervision charges and is labeled as a fugitive for other charges.
A police report says Jarvis failed to provide proper documentation after telling the East Baton Rouge School Board she home-schooled her 14-year-old son. The student had 69 absences for the 2014-2015 school year, all of which are unexcused.
The report says after multiple attempts made by the school system and Baton Rouge Police Department, Jarvis did not cooperate and her children continued to miss school.
Assistant District Attorney Curtis Nelson says keeping kids in school keeps kids off the streets. The parish's juvenile court has a simple philosophy.
"If children are going to school, attending school, that's less time for them to be out on the streets getting involved in criminal behavior," said Nelson.
About a month ago, over 120 parents and guardians were arrested for not properly sending or enrolling their children in school. Some were repeat offenders.
Nelson said there are some children in East Baton Rouge Parish schools missing 10, 20 or 70 days of school in a year.
"To get to this point, this was one of those cases where a parent has just ignored all attempts to help her," he said.
After a student has five unexcused absences, the family is referred to the Family and Youth Services Center, which provides educational services for families to reach success in school.
Jarvis' bond is set at $1,500.