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NCJ Number: 149422 Find in a Library
Title: Truancy, Chronic Absenteeism and Dropping Out
Corporate Author: William Gladden Foundation
United States of America
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: William Gladden Foundation
York, PA 17404
Publication Number: ISBN 1-56456-006-6
Sale Source: William Gladden Foundation
P.O. Box 7222
York, PA 17404
United States of America
Type: Citizen Involvement Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This booklet presents information on the nature and causes of school truancy and dropping out and provides recommendations and checklists for steps parents and school administrators can take to reduce these problems.
Abstract: Some of the issues addressed are the definitions of a truant and a dropout, when truancy begins, the severity of the dropout problem, major reasons why students drop out of school, why parents allow their children to be absent from school, and the degree to which parents can be held responsible for their children's school absenteeism. In providing information on how parents can promote regular school attendance, the booklet recommends that parents begin early in a child's life to encourage learning, to explain the value of education, and to emphasize the relationship of a diploma to enjoying a rewarding life. Parents should also know the compulsory attendance laws and policies, seek help if they cannot control their child's school attendance, and work with the school to resolve the attendance problem. Educators can promote regular school attendance by determining the root causes of a child's absenteeism and taking the steps necessary to address them, including alternative schools, personal instruction, tutoring, or counseling. Steps in handling a truancy case by school authorities are outlined.
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention
Index Term(s): School delinquency programs; School dropouts; Truancy
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