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Provo School District Wants Own Courtroom to Deal with Truancy

Provo School District Wants Own Courtroom to Deal with Truancy

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Randall Jeppesen, KSL NewsradioThe Provo School District wants kids skipping school to have more face time with a judge, so it is looking at creating its own courtroom.

Students that skip a lot of school end up in truancy court in front of a Fourth District juvenile judge. But district truancy officer Camme Cox says the judge just doesn't have time to keep seeing all the kids. She says, "Generally, they will only be in front of the judge two, maybe three times a school year."

Some kids skip anywhere from 200 to 600 classes, which equals two to three months of school.

So the district wants its own courtroom. It couldn't put kids in the juvenile detention center, but it could make the kids pay fines, do community service and make the students appear in its court every week.

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