YORK COUNTY, Pa. (WPMT) – A mother says she could be sent to jail because of a policy at her son’s school.
Dria Rhoades said, “I paid about $1,000. I still have at least $500 or $600 sitting in fines I can’t afford to pay that I’m going to be going to jail for.”
The West Shore School District denied doctor’s notes for Trevor Webster, who is very ill.
She said, “He’s been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, Tourette’s, he has epilepsy and cluster migraines.”
However, he’s not the only one dealing with health issues in the family.
Rhoades says she cannot afford to pay the truancy fines because of her conditions.
She said, “Systemic lupus, I have kidney failure and I’m on chemotherapy and basically been diagnosed as terminally ill. And we live on a very tight budget; single mom trying to support three children.”
A spokesperson for the district says under school policy, students must not miss three or more consecutive days or 10 days throughout the school year.
Also, students must have a doctor’s note turned in within three days of their absence.
Rhoades said, “They have copies of everything. He’s on an IEP plan with the school and they were made well aware of his medical conditions and they still play games.”
For over a year, the district has been sending letters to the family and Rhoades has been issued four warrants.
If she does not pay by the end of the week, she could be sent to jail.