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NCJ Number: 211371 Find in a Library
Title: Comprehensive Truancy Intervention Spells Success for Jacksonville Students
Corporate Author: Florida State Attorney's Office
Fourth Judicial Circuit
Duval Cty Courthouse
United States of America
Date Published: 2005
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Florida State Attorney's Office
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Sale Source: Florida State Attorney's Office
Fourth Judicial Circuit
Duval Cty Courthouse
Jacksonville, FL 32202
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: An evaluation found that a comprehensive truancy intervention program initiated in K-12 schools in Duval County, FL, reduced unexcused absences and tardiness.
Abstract: After families receive an Attendance Intervention Team Meeting that involves school staff and the parents of the truant child, the State attorney's office summons parents and students to a Truancy Arbitration Program (TAP) conducted in the office. TAP hearings are facilitated by trained volunteers who act as arbitrators. School social workers also participate in the hearings. When appropriate, students are referred for counseling or tutoring. Parents are referred to parenting-skills classes. After each hearing, the parents and the students are required to sign a performance agreement that compels school attendance. The State attorney's office makes clear to both the parent and the child that all legal means will be used to ensure school attendance, including criminal prosecution of the parents. Preliminary findings from an evaluation conducted over the past several years indicate that the program has reduced unexcused absences as well as late arrivals at school. 3 tables and 2 figures
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention programs
Index Term(s): Effectiveness of crime prevention programs; Florida; School delinquency programs; Truancy
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