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Truancy Program
 
The compulsory school attendance law of Colorado (Colo. Rev. Stat. 22-33-104) requires “every child who has attained the age of six years on or before August 1 of each year and is under the age of seventeen years . . .” to attend school. Research shows that the factors contributing to truancy stem primarily from three areas: family and community, school, and personal psychological characteristics.
 
School District 27J is proactive in its approach to truancy intervention. Schools first identify students with attendance issues by monitoring daily attendance reports. Once identified, attendance liaisons work to intervene through telephone calls, attendance letters, home visits, school-based attendance contracts and other outreach efforts. Outreach efforts may include but are not limited to referrals to the LINK (a juvenile assessment center), Community Reach, Arapahoe House, Department of Human Services and other service related agencies. 
 
Referral may also be made to the Truancy Review Board (TRB). The TRB is a multi- agency board which can provide recommendations and necessary resources to engage families in community based services prior to or at the time of court involvement. 
 
As a last resort, the school district, through its District Attendance Officer, may file a petition with the 17th Judicial District to initiate court proceedings to compel compliance with the compulsory attendance statute. If the student and/or parent(s) are non-compliant with the court’s order(s), the court may then impose sanctions. Possible sanctions include fines, community service and incarceration.
 
The truancy program’s goal is to improve school engagement to ensure school success for at-risk youth and their families. 


Julie Small
Truancy Case Manager/District Attendance Officer
jsmall@sd27j.org
303-655-2926

 

Related links:

National Center for School Engagement

schoolengagement.org

 

 

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