Jersey Village approves daytime curfew for students

At the Oct. 22 City Council meeting, Jersey Village council members approved an amendment to the city's curfew ordinance establishing a daytime curfew for students 17 years and younger from 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Monday–Friday while school is in session.

"The daytime curfew is a result of our having to counter the increasing number of juveniles walking the streets," said Detective Sergeant C.J. Harper. "The issue in the past has been that we simply couldn't do anything about it. This allows us to take those students and return them back into the custody of the school."

The amendment has been tailored to coincide with different school schedules and student needs. Several Cy–Fair schools practice block scheduling and release students earlier than 2:30 p.m. Other students are home-schooled or engage in out-of-school activities or have employment responsibilities. These conditions were considered and are accepted as provisions of the ordinance, Harper said.

The original curfew ordinance was approved in November 1995, but many residents and city officials have expressed the need for the amendment due to a rising number of truancy cases. The penalty for not following the curfew is a class C citation ranging from $50–$500 for each day the provision is violated.