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TruancyCUTS/CUTS Lite


The CUTS LITE (Limited Intervention to Educate) Program was designed to deal with the younger students to address the issue of truancy with them prior to a citation being issued.  This program also provides a protocol and support, in addition to a ‘Pre-Citation conference’ attended by the parent, student, school official and a probation officer.  The conference provides an opportunity to educate the parent and the student in regards to truancy laws and allows a forum to determine the specific needs of the student.  The CUTS LITE conference can be offered to students who are experiencing truancy issues and who are not responding to school’s efforts to curb truant behavior.  


The CUTS (Court Unified Truancy Suppression) Direct-Cite Program provides schools with a protocol and support from the juvenile probation department.  The protocol encourages the school to work with students exhibiting truant behavior via letters and conferences.  If these attempts prove to be unsuccessful, the school then initiates a DIRECT-CITE Truancy Citation to the student with a hearing scheduled at the District Office (student in K-8) or Juvenile Court Facility (HS students).


When a student has five or more unexcused absences or 18 excessive absences (excused OR unexcused), the student can be cited to the CUTS Program through the Juvenile Court. If the student is cited, an attendance hearing will be held with representatives from Dysart Unified School District and the Juvenile Court. Consequences at the hearing may include the following: required attendance of the parent and the child at an education class (to be held on Saturdays), work hours assigned to the child, counseling, etc. The parent will be assessed a $50 Diversion Fee.  Failure to complete these consequences may result in suspension of your child’s driver’s license, or inability to get a driver’s license until their 18th birthday and/or formal court proceedings. If convicted in a formal court proceeding, it is a Class 3 misdemeanor punishable by jail time and/or fine.