Baton Rouge mom arrested after son has 69 unexcused absences from school _lowres

Latoya Jarvis

Baton Rouge police on Monday night arrested a mother whose sixth-grader recorded nearly 70 unexcused absences from school over the past academic year.

LaToya N. Jarvis, 30, was arrested after she failed to provide documentation showing her 14-year-old son was being home-schooled as she claimed, according to a police report.

The sixth-grader recorded 69 unexcused absences from the Superintendent’s Academy during the 2014-15 school year as of late May, the report says.

When contacted by the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board about her son’s absences, Jarvis told them her boy was being home-schooled. The School Board told her she had until Dec. 3, 2014, to prove it, the report says.

As of May 13, the report says, she had not provided proper documentation showing the sixth-grader was being home-schooled.

Jarvis, of Baton Rouge, was booked Monday into Parish Prison on a count of improper supervision of a minor. Her bail was set at $1,500, booking records show.

As of Tuesday evening, she remained jailed.