ERIC Number: ED475902
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Approaches to Truancy Prevention.
Mogulescu, Sara; Segal, Heidi J.
This report examines how New York counties can systematically and programmatically improve approaches to managing persons in need of supervision (PINS), describing approaches to truancy prevention and diversion that have been instituted nationwide and may be applicable to the PINS operating system. Researchers surveyed truancy-specific programs nationwide and identified three categories: early prevention programs, typically at the elementary level; programs to help truant students who would otherwise be referred by their schools to family court as status offenders (or PINS); and programs that address truant students against whom status offender petitions have already been filed and who are at risk of detention and placement. Within each category, the report highlights programs illustrating effective approaches to addressing the problem of chronic truancy and includes information on financing and outcomes when available. All of the programs share three critical themes: approaching truancy prevention in a collaborative, multi-agency fashion; integrating the common expectation that schools take action in the first instance to identify patterns of absence, notify parents of the pattern, or attempt some school-based solutions before referring the child to the juvenile justice system; and assuming that truancy is a symptom of more significant familial or emotional problems and seeking to identify and address the environmental factors underlying the truancy. Contact information for the programs described in the study is included. (Contains 20 footnotes.) (SM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Agency Cooperation, Cooperative Planning, Delinquency, Dropouts, Early Intervention, Elementary Secondary Education, High Risk Students, Juvenile Justice, Prevention, Student Behavior, Truancy
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