tru·​an·​cy | \ˈtrü-ən(t)-sē \
plural truancies

Definition of truancy 

: an act or instance of playing truant : the state of being truant

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In other business, commissioners gave first reading to a truancy ordinance that mimics state statute at the request of the Portage Township schools, said Scott McClure, county attorney. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Porter County Expo Center upgrades expected to begin after county fair," 10 July 2018 More than 60 percent of child offenders are being held for nonviolent offenses like drugs, theft or even violations that only apply to minors, like curfew violations, underage drinking and truancy. Shaila Dewan, New York Times, "Family Separation: It’s a Problem for U.S. Citizens, Too," 22 June 2018 Three years after the Texas Legislature made truancy a civil, rather than a criminal offense, the student attendance rate in Fort Worth public schools has remained unchanged. Sandra Baker, star-telegram, "Law has little impact on Fort Worth students skipping school, but that's a good thing | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 8 May 2018 Homeless or orphaned children, mostly Irish and Catholic, were systematically rounded up — usually through truancy laws — and placed aboard trains to be shipped West to be adopted, a practice that had been used since 1854. John D'anna, azcentral, "Think child separations are unprecedented? Here are 3 heartbreaking examples from history," 21 June 2018 This is surely a vast underestimate; cases are often recorded as simple truancy. The Economist, "In Tanzania, getting impregnated also means getting expelled from school," 14 June 2018 The internal investigation concluded that more than one-third of the 2017 graduating class should not have received diplomas due to truancy or improper steps taken by teachers or administrators to cover the absences. Washington Post, "DC’s public schools go from success story to cautionary tale," 18 June 2018 The challenges in getting students to campus have real impacts on their education, particularly with truancy, some parents say. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii,, "Charter schools battle OPSB over buses as students struggle to get to class," 2 Mar. 2018 The staff thought that being closer would help diminish truancy. Johnathan Hamilton, Teen Vogue, "How Foster Care Creates Roadblocks While Pursuing Education," 31 May 2018

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1784, in the meaning defined above

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tru·​an·​cy | \ˈtrü-ən-sē \
plural truancies

Kids Definition of truancy

: an act or an instance of staying out of school without permission

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