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Truancy Workgroup Members. Co-Chairs – Honorable John Kuhn & Cynthia Stoltz, Esq. Members: Courts Common Pleas Judges, MDJs, Hearing Officers, Court Administrators Child Welfare DPW, CYF Administrators, Managers, Social Workers

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Truancy workgroup members
Truancy Workgroup Members

Co-Chairs – Honorable John Kuhn & Cynthia Stoltz, Esq.

Members:

Courts Common Pleas Judges, MDJs, Hearing Officers, Court Administrators

Child Welfare DPW, CYF Administrators, Managers, Social Workers

Education PDE, PASA, PSBA, PAESSP, High School

Principals, Education Law Center

Juvenile Justice JCJC, Chief’s Association, PCCD


Workgroup charge
Workgroup Charge

  • Gather information about critical systemic issues in PA regarding truancy

  • Identify nationally recognized and PA truancy best practices

  • Outline an approach and a series of recommendations for reducing truancy in PA



Truancy workgroup recommendation 1
Truancy Workgroup Recommendation 1

Demonstrate Effective Collaboration Efforts Including Sharing the Accountability and Responsibility for Truancy


Truancy Workgroup Recommendation 2

Create an Educational Culture/Climate that

Prioritizes Students’ Connection to their School

and Engages Families


Truancy Workgroup Recommendation 3

Implement Specific Strategies with Measurable Outcomes Targeting Prevention,

Early Identification and Intervention


Truancy Workgroup Recommendation 4

Track Truancy Data and Program Outcomes

and Share Information with Stakeholders


Truancy Workgroup Recommendation 5

Build Sustainable Funding Bases

and Allocate Resources Based on

Data Informed Decisions and

Partnerships that Maximize Efficiencies


Next steps
Next Steps

  • Implementation Strategies

    • Support for communities to implement the recommendations

    • Communicate the message about the urgency of truancy


Next steps1
Next Steps

  • Collaborate with JCJC to identify truancy

    laws needing clarified or altered

    3. Engage the medical community as a valued partner in addressing truancy at both the state and local levels


5 things local children s roundtables can do
5 Things Local Children’s Roundtables can do

  • Read the Report

  • Review your County’s School Truancy Data

  • Bring the Information back to the Local Children’s Roundtable

  • Start Identifying Community Stakeholders who may be Interested in discussing Truancy Issues

  • Begin a dialogue with Stakeholders


“We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say, ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need to respond, I consider those people my heroes.”

- Fred Rogers

Truancy Report is available at: www.ocfcpacourts.us


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