Commerce City considers daytime curfew for school students

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- Students in Commerce City may soon think twice before they skip school.

Officers have proposed a daytime curfew for students from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. during school weeks.

Under the plan, if officers catch students ditching school they would be able to take them back to school, cite them and fine them up to $499.

The goal is to reduce truancy and youth crime.

From 2009 to 2012 there were 492 juveniles arrested in Commerce City during school hours.

If the city council approves the plan, it would affect Commerce City residents in the Adams 14 and Brighton 27J school districts.

“I think it would be a good idea,” said Sabrina Hernandez, a parent.  “As a mother I don’t mind it because I do see a lot of kids during school hours roaming up and down streets,” she said.

Adams 14 Superintendent Pat Sanchez thinks it’s a step in the right direction. “We know that when kids are in school kids tend to do the right thing.  When they are in school we can reach them, and help them be academically successful,” Sanchez said.

Officers are now doing more research, and plan to meet with parents, students and neighboring cities before they take the issue back to the city council.