Students should be in school every day. The Compulsory Attendance law states that whoever has custody of or control of any child between the ages of 6 and 18 must send the child to a public/private school on a regular basis.


  • A truant is any student who is absent from school without a valid cause
  • A chronic truant student is defined as one who is absent without cause for 5% or more days in the school year (9 days)

When a district identifies a chronic truant student, South Cook ISC is notified. If there is no improvement made in the child’s attendance, the district may request a truancy hearing; if attendance continues not to improve, the case may be referred to court system. Any person having custody of a child to whom notice has been given of the child’s truancy and who knowingly and willfully permits such a child to persist in his/her truancy may be found negligent; negligence is a Class C misdemeanor and the responsible party may be fined or sentenced up to 30 days in jail.

*NEW* South Cook ISC Truancy System

In order to submit a Truancy Referral, you will use the new Truancy Referral System provided by South Cook ISC. You must create/register for an account with the Truancy Referral System. Once you have created an account you will be able to submit Truancy Referrals for students as needed. If you have any questions please contact Click Here to be taken to the South Cook ISC Truancy Referral System.