Students under the age of 18 looking to get their driver's license now must prove that they are attending school.
Revised Statute 32:431.1 states that those students must go to their school board office and get a simple attendance form created by the Louisiana Department of Education. The student's school enrollment and attendance will be checked at that time and verified by the Child Welfare and Attendance Office.
If a student has excessive absenteeism resulting in truancy, which is defined by State Law as "five unexcused absences or occurrences of being tardy and/or late to school within a semester...," school officials may report a student to the Office of Motor Vehicles, who could suspend a license or permit in accordance with current laws of the State.
"It is about getting students to go to school regularly and holding them accountable to complete their education," Stacy Hammonds, Child Welfare and Attendance Data Entry Clerk for Morehouse Parish School said. "Student can go to the Morehouse Parish Office located at 4099 Naff Street to pick up the form needed."
"The State is pushing school districts to get students college and career-ready," Hammonds said. "This rule aligns with that directive.
"Driving is a privilege, and that privilege should be earned. You can obtain a license when you are 16 years old, and 16 and 17 year olds need to be in school."