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HISTORY. Steeped in tradition since 1960’s Initiated by group of citizens representing GCSD#9, GCPD & CYHS-Dusan Gagich, Joe Nemeth, Vas Eftimoff, & Bud MacMillian Developed to deter school drop-out, keep kids in school, and off the streets. GRANITE CITY TRUANCY. TRUANCY BLITZ.

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history
HISTORY
  • Steeped in tradition since 1960’s
  • Initiated by group of citizens representing GCSD#9, GCPD & CYHS-Dusan Gagich, Joe Nemeth, Vas Eftimoff, & Bud MacMillian
  • Developed to deter school drop-out, keep kids in school, and off the streets
truancy blitz
TRUANCY BLITZ
  • Pro-active initiative to address chronic truancy issues
  • Strategy devised in 1998 to compliment zero tolerance policies
  • Services include:

Full-page ad in newspaper publicizing local truancy ordinance

  • Written correspondence to identified previous truants with
  • incentives to improve current year attendance
  • Head lice brochures distributed to all district #9 buildings
  • Personal and written contacts made with students/families
  • failing to register for school
  • Home visits to identified health exclusion students
  • Truancy Police runs
1 referral process
1. REFERRAL PROCESS
  • GCSD #9 staff generated referrals
  • Phone calls
  • Anonymous referrals
  • E-mails
  • Skyward

3-5 unexcused absences report generated

2 interventions
2. INTERVENTIONS
  • Report taken, documented, and plan developed
  • Phone contacts – parent/guardian, home school
  • Home visits – family conference or leave contact sticker
  • Report back to home school
  • Continue to monitor attendance through Skyward
  • Referrals for support services – community/school based
  • Written correspondence

a) Non-attendance letter (6-8 unexcused absences)

b) Court Warning letter (16-18 unexcused absences)

  • Monthly Police run with truancy staff
support services
SUPPORT SERVICES

RAINBOWS/

Teen REACH

Big Brothers/

Big Sisters

Parent

Skyward

Madison County

Probation

DCFS

Community/School Based

Support Services

Catholic

Charities

GCPD/SRO

GCSD

Administrators/

Nurses/Social

Workers

Salvation

Army

CHASI

Kettler

Center

Chestnut

Health

3 legal action
3. LEGAL ACTION
  • GCPD Monthly Truancy Runs
  • Citation
  • City Complaint filed (21 –25 days unexcused absences)
  • Court appearance
  • Fine, community service, fine abeyance, or continuance
summary of services
SUMMARY OF SERVICES
  • REFERRAL PROCESS
  • INTERVENTIONS
  • LEGAL ACTION
2007 services to date
2007 SERVICES TO DATE
    • 619 referrals received and services provided include:
  • 471 home visits
  • 457 telephone contacts
  • 173 e-mails to parents
  • 21 administrative/school contacts
  • 28 non-attendance letters to parents
  • 16 court warning letters to parents
    • 46 Parents were referred to Skyward
    • 10 Head lice kits and brochures distributed
    • 37 referrals were made to counseling services
    • 132 students referred to Koch Clinic for school physicals
local truancy committee goals
LOCAL TRUANCY COMMITTEE GOALS

CYHS Truancy staff to meet monthly with home school administration and staff

CYHS Truancy staff to conduct in-service for GCPD at 7:00 a.m. roll call

Pursue development of community service component as a court intervention

Develop a social services continuum

Document truancy referral status in Skyward

Adapt and utilize Madison County Truancy Referral Form

Initiate court action earlier in intervention process