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TRUANCY

Overview

The Truancy Intervention & Prevention Program is an education program designed to:

  • Improve School attendance and decrease absenteeism.
  • Return habitually truant students to a regular schedule of school attendance.
  • Increase students' academic performance by improving attendance. 
  • Teach skills that will improve family communication.
  • Provide skills that will enable students to be successful in school and in life.

Benefits
 

Students and parents participating in the Truancy Intervention & Prevention Program will benefit in the following ways:

  • Avoid a referral to the court system for both parent and child at this time.
  • Learn the law regarding truancy and how it affects you.
  • Learn communication, listening and negotiation skills.
  • Improve communication between parents and children.
  • Gain insight from students regarding the factors that contribute to truancy and strategies to help improve school attendance.
  • Develop mediation, parenting, communication and action-planning skills.
  • Share parenting strategies with other parents.

Format & Requirements

The program consists of four evening session, each 90 minutes in length. Each session uses group discussions and group projects to address program topics.

Parents and students are expected to actively participate in all sessions.

  • Any absence, including partial absence, from the program results in a recommendation that the school file truancy charges in juvenile court.
  • Both parent and student must attend all four sessions for the entire 90 minutes.
  • Individuals under the influence (or suspected of being under the influence) of drugs or alcohol will be asked to leave and considered absent.
  • The student must attend school during their involvement in the program. Any student absenteeism or tardiness during this time is considered an absence from the program.
  • The student may be required to meet with their school guidance counselor for program follow-up.  
  • Participants are expected to complete at-home assignments, which will take no more than 30 minutes to complete.
  • The home school’s code of conduct and consequences are in effect while participants are attending the program.

Eligibility

This program is for high school, middle school, and elementary students who are habitually or chronically truant, as defined by Senate Bill 181, and their parents/guardians.

Habitual truant is defined as any student without legitimate excuse for any one of the following conditions:

  • 5 or more consecutive school days.
  • 7 or more school days in 1 school month.
  • 12 or more school days in a school year.

Chronic truant is defined as any student without legitimate excuse for any one of the following conditions:

  • 7 or more consecutive days.
  • 10 or more school days in 1 school month.
  • 15 or  more school days in a school year.

 

Cost

The program is free to students from the following school districts: Bloomfield-Mespo, Bristol, Brookfield, Champion, Girard, Hubbard, Joseph Badger, LaBrae, Lakeview, Liberty, Lordstown, Maplewood, Mathews, McDonald, Newton Falls, Southington and Weathersfield.

Students from Warren City and Niles City school districts must pay a fee of $75.00 per student. Checks may be made payable to Trumbull County Educational Service Center.  

Registration, Location & Dates

Classes are held at the Trumbull County ESC in Niles Ohio

The program consists of six sessions. Exact times and dates are provided at the time of registration.

The program is coordinated by Trumbull Student Assistance Consortium (TSAC), which is funded by the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act.
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Contact Information
Denise Holloway
TSAC Program Coordinator
Phone: 330-505-2800 ext. 182
Email: denise.holloway@trumbullesc.org
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TRUMBULL COUNTY EDUCATIONAL SERVICE CENTER
6000 Youngstown Warren Rd.  Niles, OH  44446-4603
Phone: 330.505.2800  Fax: 330.505.2814
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