Chronic absenteeism is a problem facing many of our schools and communities. It negatively affects not only the individual student but also harms schools financially (Average Daily Attendance’s direct role in school funding) and entire communities if left unchecked. Additionally, children that are chronically absent from school during early ages are significantly more likely to miss more and more school down the road, often leading to academic failure and near-certain drop out. Given this reality, our Truancy Intervention Program strives to operate using strategies of early intervention. We cannot emphasize enough the importance of identifying and working to resolve attendance concerns both early in a student’s academic journey and early in a given school year.
*A chronic truant is any student subject to compulsory school attendance who is absent without valid cause for 5% or more of the previous 180 school days.
*Age of Students Served: Kindergarten through 12th grade