Little Rock, Ark. (KTHV) -- A new school attendance policy went into effect this fall for all public schools in Arkansas.
Representative James McLean of Batesville sponsored Act 1223 to discourage truancy. It, more specifically, restricts students from missing an excessive number of school classes each year.
This new law no longer recognizes absences as excused or unexcused. It's now up to each school district to decide how many days students are allowed to miss each semester.
Unexcused and excused. Two words that will no longer be used to describe school absences. That's according to a new state law enforcing stricter attendance policies in Arkansas schools.
"The intent behind the law is to discourage students from skipping school basically," Judy Wilber, General Counsel for the Pulaski County Special School District.