Crawford County High School

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Schools in Crawford County, Indiana, are cracking down on students who habitually miss school.  

The district has a new absence policy called "Project Attend." District leaders are teaming up with the county prosecutor to hand out consequences when students miss too much school.

"Our federal school grade and our state school grade both got dinged for student chronic attendance," Crawford County High School Principal Brandon Johnson said. 

The first few unexcused absences will now result in a warning. After six unexcused absences, parents could face a fine of up to $500.

After 10 unexcused absences, parents could be referred to the prosecutor for educational neglect, a charge that could result in jail time. 

WDRB spoke to parents off camera who are on board with the policy, calling it a way to give kids structure. Others are not feeling the same way. 

"Half of this county can't even afford internet and we are going to charge our parents $500 dollars for our kids missing 6 days," a mother, who asked not to be identified, said. 

School officials are adamant "Project Attend" is not set up to hurt parents and students, but has been set up to help them. 

"If we can keep them in school from K-12 we really feel like we can get them college and career ready which is our ultimate goal," Johnson said. 

Administrators say "Project Attend" takes effect immediately.

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