What is Truancy?
According to the US Department of Education's Manual to Combat Truancy, "Truancy is the first sign of trouble; the first indicator that a young person is giving up and losing his or her way. When young people start skipping school, they are telling their parents, school officials, and the community at large that they are in trouble and need our help if they are to keep moving forward in life..."
For more on this, go to: http://www.ed.gov/pubs/Truancy/index.html
Statistics show that what may be "just truancy" today, can lead to:
As of January 1, 2005, the compulsory school age changed to 7-17. Formerly the compulsory age was 7-16. This means that any 16 year-old student that as of December 31, 2004 was still enrolled in school cannot drop out until they are 17 years old. Subsequently, any student that is under the age of 17 cannot dropout of school until his/her 17th birthday.
ROE #40 Truancy Officers
Cody Maguire Joe Buttitta
217-854-9542 217- 374-2411
Downloadable booklet released in 2015
by government agencies to assist school districts
in reducing student absenteeism.
"Every Student, Every Day: A Community Toolkit to Address and Eliminate Chronic Absenteeism."
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