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April Gentry, 32, of Racine, could be facing almost a year in jail and up to $11,000 in fines because her child missed 58 days of school.

The case is over five years old, but Gentry has been skipping court dates since the complaint against her was originally filed in 2009. She is accused of allowing her then seven-year-old to miss 58 days of school between Sept. 2008 and May 2009.

Gentry finally appeared in court Tuesday and was assigned a $1,000 signature bond. She will next be in court for pre-trial conference on May 15.

Officials from Racine Unified told Racine County Eye that they’ve tried to work with Gentry, just as they attempt to work with other families in the same situation.

“When a student misses a significant number of school days, the District works with the family to try to support them in ensuring the student attends school regularly,” District spokesperson Stacy Tapp wrote in an email.

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