When a child doesn't show up to school consistently, families can face serious consequences, but a program inside Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is working to stop child truancy before it's too late.
Ten or more absences the previous semester will land you an invitation to Truancy Court, a CMS funded program that's been offered since 2001.
The parents and students were split up into two different groups as teachers, social workers and District Court Judge Paige McThenia worked to get to the bottom of why a child isn't showing up for school.
While Truancy Court helps families avoid legal action being taken against them for not getting their children to school, kids still get time in the courtroom.
Truancy Court is offered in 15 schools across the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District.