A 39-year-old woman has been arrested, accused of violating probation regarding her children’s school attendance.
Olivia Machado, who listed her address as Lehigh, turned herself into deputies Thursday after a warrant was issued.
In November 2008, Machado was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor because she failed to require her child’s attendance in school. The 2008 arrest came after the Collier County School District filed a complaint that Machado’s daughter had missed over 120 days in two years at Immokalee High School. Authorities didn’t indicate what Machado did to violate her probation.
Collier County has Truancy Court for students who have attendance problems. Parents also can be affected by Truancy Court if they are aware that their child is habitually truant and they fail to get involved. If they fail, they can be convicted of a second-degree misdemeanor and serve up to 60 days in jail.
Truancy Court developed from a partnership involving the Collier County School District, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, State Attorney’s Office, Department of Juvenile Justice, the David Lawrence Center and Lutheran Social Services to resolve truancy issues.
Habitually truant students are those who have 15 unexcused absences within 90 days, but a student may be brought to Truancy Court for missing five days in a 30-day period. If truancy intervention doesn’t work, the student could face a judge, who may ask the student to pay a fine, perform community service hours, or may suggest alternative education.
Machado’s husband Albert Machado said he didn’t understand why his wife had been arrested because their children, ages, 17, 15, 14, and 12, went to school every day in Immokalee.
Machado said his wife turned herself in because “she didn’t want to get in trouble.”
When asked by Daily News reporter, Machado wouldn’t answer why he wasn’t arrested or if parents should be arrested if their children don’t go to school.
For the past two months, the five children have been living in Maryland with their grandmother, he said.
Machado remained jailed Friday morning pending posting of a $2,000 bond, Albert Machado said.
By 12:30 p.m. Friday, Machado was released from jail, Sheriff’s Office officials said.