Truancy fines handed out

NEARLY 160 parents have been ordered to pay £50 for persistently failing to send their children to school.

Doncaster Council has dished out fines totalling £7,950 to 159 parents as part of a borough-wide clampdown to stop pupils skipping lessons.

Council staff carried out 2,000 home visits and sent warning letters to parents, guardians and carers of pupils from the 106 schools that took part in the crackdown.

Primary school youngsters with less than 90 per cent attendance and secondary school children with less than 85 per cent attendance were targeted.

Following the exercise, the council issued fixed penalty notices of £50 to those whose children’s attendance did not improve. If they fail to pay within 28 days, that fine will rise to £100.