School attendance is vital to the success of every student. For many school districts, the issues of chronic absenteeism often result in the loss of state and federal school funding. In an effort to control absenteeism, school districts have begun to focus on truancy prevention programs.
In the United States, it is estimated that everyday there are thousands of reported absences from school. From children who are sick to children who are skipping, or truant, the issues of absenteeism has become a vital factor in academic success. In addition to the direct correlation to academic success and failure, students who are chronically absent from school also show a higher degree of risk for delinquent behavior.
With this information in hand, many school districts across the United States have begun to address chronic truancy in an aggressive fashion. Because truancy, academic failure and delinquency often results in an increased drop out rate, the use of attendance courts have become a common practice, working to avoid these complications in students.
With attendance court, the school districts are now involving parents in the absenteeism of their students to the extent that there may be civil or criminal charges. In juvenile court, after a student has missed several days from school, the parent can be sanctioned, fined and held liable for any additional costs associated with funding their child’s outreach program or in-school detention.
Because students report dropping out of school due to feelings of isolation, based on their misconduct, many schools have also added outreach programs as an alternative to dropping out of school. Because truant students are often unable to make-up work and routinely obtain poor grades, the outreach program is designed to provide a tailored educational program for that student in an effort to bring grades to passing and to teach proper study habits. With aggressive involvement of parents, if a student can be reached through an outreach program, there is a greater possibility of reducing the risk for dropping out of high school.
When a child is chronically absent from school, this absence is considered a warning sign to both parents and educators. If your child experiences complications associated with absence, or is considered truant, your school district may suggest alternative schooling or an outreach program. When these programs fail, or are not made available, many parents are experiencing civil and criminal actions, sanctions, and fines as a way to encourage more aggressive involvement in ensuring the child attends school on a regular basis.