Good morning, Betty, Thank you for your additional information, I am also very sorry to hear what your granddaughter's mother is telling your granddaughter - "that she will be locked up until she finishes school, etc." It seems to me that she is an exceptionally malicious person to say things like that to her daughter, knowing that they are not true. That is no way to build her child's self-esteem and self-confidence.
"...what will they do to her at court.......... "
That is not really a fair question because the only statement you made was that they took your granddaughter to the truancy officer for excessive absences and that the truancy officer set up this "court" date
They had no right to bring your granddaughter before the truancy officer, nor do they have a right to have her appear in their "truancy court" because she was not missing school because she "just did not feel like going", she was ill with asthma attacks, stress, flu and pneumonia. Moreover, she was under her doctor's care. So, it is very puzzling to me why they would bring a student who made the Honor Roll last year and who was presently under her doctor's care, up before the truancy officer.
What you need to do first is to have your granddaughter's mother sign over Guardianship to you so that you do not give the school any excuse to tell you that you have no standing to speak for, or on behalf of your granddaughter. Second, in order to properly prepare, you must have your granddaughter's physician prepare a medical report listing your granddaughter's illnesses and briefly describing the symptoms and his recommendations. You should also ask the physician to make copies of your granddaughter's medical file together with the notes he took each time he treated her for an illness and had recommended that she stay out of school. Take these with you to truancy court. Actually, if you could get her physician to come with you on that day to explain to whoever is "holding Court" exactly what the ailments are, his treatment, his prognosis, and his recommendations. It would be even better if you had an Attorney accompany that day because they would not be able to do whatever they pleased and make up rules as they went along. The Attorney would keep them in check and would protect your granddaughter's rights and he would also be able to speak on her behalf and have her sign up for her GED or for the online classes which you suggested. This is one situation where an Attorney would make a big difference in the outcome,
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