TUSCALOOSA CITY COUNCIL PASSES DAYTIME CURFEW ORDINANCE FOR STUDENTS

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Parents and guardians with children attending Tuscaloosa City Schools have new rules to live by on school days.

A daytime curfew was unanimously passed by the Tuscaloosa City Council on Tuesday, meaning minors who are out and about unaccompanied by an adult between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday could find their parents facing fines or a stay behind bars.

The goal is keeping students in school and holding parents accountable for ensuring their children are in class. It does not apply to students who are home schooled.

“What this will do is it will allow the police department to work with students who are chronically and habitually absent to make certain we connect with their parents to get them in an environment to give them the necessary skills to make sure their child is in school,” said Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox.

Penalties can reach up to $500 in files or six months in jail.

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