What about holidays?
The curfew amendment will not apply any time the Tuscaloosa City School System is not in session.
What is the objective of this amendment?
The goal of the daytime curfew is to address chronic absenteeism, which limits a student’s potential to be career- or college-ready.
When does the amendment take effect?
The amendment is in effect as of Jan. 8, 2020.
What if a student has a valid excuse for missing school?
The curfew does not apply to minors who are missing school for a valid reason as outlined in Alabama Code 16-28-3 which includes: personal illness, hospitalization, emergency, religious holidays, court subpoena, death in the immediate family, or absence approved by the principal. Exceptional or unusual circumstances may be considered as well.
What about students who are homeschooled or attending class elsewhere?
The curfew does not apply to students who are home-schooled or taking online classes, or to students while they are attending a dual-enrollment program or early college classes.
How will this law be enforced?
When a law enforcement officer encounters an unaccompanied minor in public during the curfew, the officer may make a phone call to the student’s parent or guardian and/or school administration to verify the reason for their absence. If the officer cannot verify a valid reason for the student’s absence, they may detain the minor until a parent or guardian can assist.
What is the process for a parent/guardian who receives a citation?
The municipal court judge has jurisdiction over these citations. In the majority of cases, the recommendation will be for the parent or guardian of the offending minor to attend the “Parent Academy” established by Tuscaloosa City Schools. If a fine is issued to a parent/guardian, it will be between $100 and $500 depending on the number of violations.
Why involve parents/guardians when students skip school?
Involving parents/guardians in the process creates another layer of accountability for students. The City’s goal is to give parents more tools to help their children succeed in school and be college- or career-ready.
Where can I find curfew ordinance info?
The City’s curfew ordinance prohibits minors (persons under the age of 18) from being in public places from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday during which the Tuscaloosa City Schools are in session.
What is the daytime juvenile curfew amendment?
This amendment to the existing juvenile curfew law makes it illegal for a minor to be unaccompanied in public without a valid reason from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on any weekday during which the Tuscaloosa City Schools are in session.
When was this passed by City Council?
The curfew law amendment was adopted unanimously by the Tuscaloosa City Council on Dec. 10, 2019.