Truancy sweeps in Fenland
TRUANCY sweeps are being carried out in Chatteris, March and the surrounding villages in a bid to improve school attendance in Fenland.
A joint initiative was launched by Cambridgeshire County Council and the police last week.
All children of compulsory school age will be stopped if they are seen outside during school hours, even if they are accompanied by parents, carers or relatives.
Their guardians will be contacted by an educational welfare officer and their school will also be contacted and made aware of the absence and their attendance at school will be monitored.
Education welfare officer Julie Rutterford said: “Although Cambridgeshire’s school attendance rates are in line with the national average and truancy is minimal, there is still room for improvement in Fenland.
“As a joint initiative we want to send a clear message that it is unacceptable for a child to miss school without good reason.
“Parents of persistent truants are being warned they could end up in court. Children need to be in school learning, Parents have a legal duty to ensure they are attending regularly.”