Daytime curfew details become public this week, 4 September 2007, Waco Tribune Herald, Waco, Texas
Although the school year began without it, a daytime curfew designed to keep students off Waco streets during school hours could be in place this fall, say officials developing the proposed city ordinance.
However, the pace at which the curfew moves forward will depend largely on the response the public gives to a draft of the city ordinance during upcoming public forums. Parents and community members will have several opportunities over the next two weeks to sound off on the proposed ordinance, which is designed to return truant students to class when police find them outside of school.
The ordinance would require any student younger than age 17 to be in school from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on regular school days unless they meet specific exemptions. Home-school students, students pursuing dual-credit off campus and those allowed to eat lunch off campus would be exempted for those activities, McDurham said.
Key to making the daytime curfew work for those students with exemptions to be out of school will be a system to identify where they are supposed to be if found off campus. McDurham said Waco ISD has agreed to provide ID cards to any school or home-school student who would like to have one.
The card would say where the student is supposed to be during certain times of the day or identify them as a home-school student. If parents of home-schooled students decline to request a badge, a note written by a parent would be sufficient to explain the student’s circumstance, McDurham said.
Although parents who home school their children have expressed concern about how the proposed curfew would affect their students, the concept so far has garnered support, McDurham said.
Information on daytime curfews:
- Curfews and Homeschoolers, by Larry and Susan Kaseman
- Daytime Curfew, Corn and Oil blog
- Daytime curfews used against homeschoolers, California Catholic Daily
- Eliminating Daytime Curfews, VAHomeschoolers
- Being a kid is not a crime, Ann Zeise
posted by Valerie