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Poll: Council Considering Daytime Curfew For Kids. Is it a Good Idea?

The purpose of the ordinance is to keep students from cutting class.

The San Ramon City Council is considering approving and ordinance that would give police officers the ability to treat truancy as a crime.

Currently, if an officer comes across a child that should be in school their options are to release the student to the school or a parent.

But, if the ordinance is adopted, Police Chief Scott Holder said students would receive a warning for the first offense and a citation with a fine if caught a second time.

The daytime curfew would be in effect between 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on school days.

Contra Costa District Attorney Mark Peterson spoke in favor of the ordinance at the council meeting Tuesday night, saying it is part of the DA's effort to prevent crimes before they happen.

Peterson cited statistics saying having students graduate from high school is one the best ways to prevent future crimes and that the best way to get kids to graduate is attendance.

The council is expected to make a decision on the ordinance at its May 8 meeting.

Do you think this is a good idea? Should police officers get involved with truant students, or should it be left up to the schools? Pick a selection in our poll and tell us what you think in the comments section.

Rose Killion April 27, 2012 at 02:51 PM
As it has been mentioned before, there are many homeschooling families in the Tri-Valley Area. Over 500 that I am aware of. This law will require them to stay all to stay indoors for majority of the day. What if they need to go to the library or are meeting up with other homeschooling children for a project. Being outside is not a crime, and children should not be treated as criminals for it. Aren't there more important things for the police to be doing?
Anonymous April 27, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Instead of spending tax dollars on police involvement, they should be using that money to set up local programs in the schools that MAKE the kids WANT to be there! The truancy rates are high because these kids know they are wasting their time there! Put some real hands on learning opportunities there and the kids will come!!!!! What guy would pass up wood shop, metal shop, or auto shop? When I was a teen, we had all of these and the guys and some girls loved it! We even had a construction program, a business education center, full blown home economics program...what happened to classes like these?
Tina Razzell April 27, 2012 at 03:51 PM
This means that I, a Pleasanton resident can't visit San Ramon with my child when San Ramon has a school day. Different school districts have different school days, how are we expected to know when one school district is in session on any particular day? As it is they have so many days off and half days with teacher training days and holidays that's it's impossible to keep track of.
Patricia Shaughnessy April 27, 2012 at 08:21 PM
This is a parent and/or school matter, not a police matter. It would be an invaluable use of police resources for them to monitor the city's age discrimination policy. If anyone of any age is committing a crime, that is when we all expect the police to take action. Last I heard our citizens and legal residents are "innocent until proven guilty." There is no clause stating an exception solely based upon age. Unless this has recently changed, it would be best that the city council let the responsibility of truancy rest with the parents and the schools to whom the parents entrust their children's care. I graduated from high school at 16, had a part time job and attended the local JC. Thankfully I never had to prove my age to anyone while transporting myself about town; please allow this freedom to continue.
momofthree April 28, 2012 at 03:34 PM
This is absurd, ridiculous, inane!! More and more rights are taken away from parents. We don't need to spend tax payer dollars on this issue. Period. Are we still living in America?

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