For not sending children to school

A Mamou man is now serving jail time for not sending his children to school.

Aaron Brook Marcantel of Mamou appeared before 13th Judicial District Judge Tom Fuselier Monday on two counts of failing to send his children to school. Previously, Marcantel had been ordered to serve 32 hours of community service after appearing before the court on the same matter. When he failed to perform those hours, he was ordered to serve 30 days in the parish jail.

Marcantel was arraigned on new charges of failing to send his children to school. He pled guilty before the court and was ordered to serve 30 days in jail concurrently, meaning he will serve his sentences simultaneously.

On February 11, the court learned Marcantel’s two children had missed 34 and 16 days respectively. On Monday, April 6, the court learned those absences had grown to 64 and 27 respectively. Four doctors’ excuses were presented to the court, but they were not enough to keep Judge Fuselier from ordering more jail time.

Educators encourage parents to send their children to school. Parents are reminded, “they must send their children to school every day school is open until school closes,” according to Wendy LaFleur, child welfare and attendance supervisor.

According to state law, students must attend 160 of the 180 school days scheduled each year. This year, the parish instituted a new policy that accepts only 10 absence notes from parents. The other 10 absences must be excused, meaning a doctor’s note will be required. Parents who fail to comply with the attendance statute could face prosecution.

To learn more about school attendance or other school-related items, visit the district’s website at www.epsb.com.

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