OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma City Council passed a truancy ordinance Tuesday meaning parents of Oklahoma City students who skip school will now face fines.

Parents could be fined from $50 dollars for a first offense up to $150 depending on the number of unexcused absences.

The truancy ordinance makes any unexcused absence from school by students ages 12 to 17 illegal in Oklahoma City. Truancy officers can detain students and will issues citations, similar to a traffic ticket.

Students will receive one warning the first time they are caught out of school unexcused.

Federal stimulus and grant money will be used to hire new officers to work on truancy cases.

The law takes effect on April 3.