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TRUANCY OF TEENS TOPIC OF MEETING.

Byline: Daily News

SANTA CLARITA - School attendance and truancy and their effects on teens and their families will be the topic Jan. 27 at a meeting of ACTION, a parent and teen support program that meets weekly in Saugus.

Mary Chester, a member of the William S. Hart High School District's School Attendance Review Board, will speak at the 7 p.m. meeting at Saugus High School. Her talk is set to focus on how poor school attendance can affect not only academic records and school performance, but family life as well.

Chester, a child welfare and attendance specialist for 15 years, said truancy is a key warning sign of further delinquent behavior. She added that what most parents don't know is that the lack of school attendance can evolve into a legal case and become a court issue.

``Dealing with teens at the high school level, parents feel teens should be taking care of themselves and tend to let loose of the reins,'' Chester said. ``However, this is the time a parent should be vigilant and more involved with their children's school activities, extracurricular activities and their personal lives.''

Chester is to address the signs of truancy and suggest ways to help change teenagers' behavior.

``So often, parents feel they have no control,'' she said. ``They are afraid of setting consequences and limits. Failure to set consequences for a teen's actions is one of the most detrimental issues in parenting teens today. It leads to lack of respect for parents as well as frequently creating attendance problem.''

ACTION meets on the upper campus at Saugus in the U Building, 21900 Centurion Way. The nonprofit program is a support group for parents and their teens.

For information, call (661) 713-3006.
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