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Bartlesville Woman Sentenced to Jail for Allowing Children to Miss School

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A Bartlesville woman was sentenced this week for allowing her children to skip school.

A Washington County judge sentenced Stacy Digney Monday afternoon to one day in jail. She was charged with ten counts of violating the compulsory education act.

Court records indicate that Digney's three children missed a total of 91 days of school. One missed 41 days while the other missed 35 and 15. Her children attended Central Middle School and Bartlesville High School.

Digney was confronted about her children missing school and told an officer with the Bartlesville Police Department that she "sometimes has a hard time getting up and going."

Prosecutors allege that Digney was warned to send her children to school or she would be arrested. Officers also notified her that they would help her compel her children to go school if she desired.

A spokesperson for Bartlesville Public Schools provided a statement to KTUL:

"The Bartlesville Public School District is committed to helping each student in the Bartlesville community receive an education.  The BPSD works extremely hard to ensure each student is in school regularly and has the opportunity to succeed.  Tools such as home visits and parental meetings are in place to help those struggling with low attendance.  The importance of being in the classroom on a daily basis cannot be overstated."

Digney will begin her jail time this Friday.

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