Attendance and School Success

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we move further away from the pandemic, we are trying to get students back to where they were before covid. We as a school district realize that covid affected students in many ways including but not limited to attendance. We are working with the Bay County Probate Court and the Bay County Prosecutor's office to streamline our truancy procedures and help our students get back on track.

Attendance may be the single most important factor in school success. Education is important for your child’s success in life. Regular attendance ensures that your child gets all the benefits school can offer. We as a district want our students to succeed and move forward with their education and goals in life.

Michigan’s compulsory attendance law requires that a parent, legal guardian, or other person having control or charge of a child age 6 to 18 to send the child to school during the entire school year, except under limited circumstances defined by law. A parental excused absence is still considered an absence and can lead to truancy. Please make sure you are staying in contact with your school and make sure that your child is in attendance regularly.

We in conjunction with the Probate Court have developed a protocol for student absences and for helping students be in school. The school administrators and MTSS coordinators will be working with families through this process in hopes that we can resolve any truancy issues prior to having to go to court.

We want our students to get off to a great start to this school year. Please make sure your students are getting to school on time and ready to learn. This will be a great year for our students and we are looking forward to welcoming them back.


Carla DeRocher

Bay City Public Schools

Truancy Officer

601 Blend St

Bay City, MI 48706
(989) 686-9700