Operation Safe Serve allows parents of truant children to avoid - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Operation Safe Serve allows parents of truant children to avoid arrest

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Parents of truant children will have the opportunity to turn themselves in without going to jail.

More than 100 students in Shelby County Schools are considered truant, and all of their parents face pending court summonses.

By law, if a child has more than five unexcused absences from school, their parents face a misdemeanor charge, a year in jail, and a fine of approximately $2,500.

However, if parents show up to the Operation Safe Serve event, the third of its kind this year, they will be put on the court docket and officials will create a plan to deal with the child's truancy.

Plus, if the parents meet with officials at the event, they will not go to jail on the truancy charge.

In April, officials held a similar meeting, but no parents showed up. Leaders feared that parents thought they would be in trouble if they came to the meeting, when in fact the opposite is true.

Tuesday's event runs from 4 to 7 p.m. at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church at 2634 Carnes Avenue.

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