DCCS Truancy Prevention Program

Pennsylvania Law also states that each parent or legal guardian of a child is responsible for the child’s regular school attendance.  Failure to attend school in a regular and timely fashion hinders the education process and may result in failing grades.  Each student enrolled in the School District of Philadelphia is expected to attend school every day and be punctual.  Schools are required to track excused and unexcused absences to prevent the development of patterns of nonattendance.

A student who has 15 or more unexcused absences within 90 calendar days with or without the knowledge or consent of the student’s parent or guardian,and who is subject to compulsory school attendance, is a habitual truant.

DCCS works with students and families to improve attendance and reduce truancy by conducting investigations, offering recommendations, and following up on attendance and/or truancy cases. We target children and adolescents at risk for truant behavior through partnerships, coalitions and special initiatives. Our truancy intervention services are founded on the belief that schools and agencies can work more effectively with the issues of truancy by coordinating efforts.

We offer the following services and initiatives to address issues of truancy in the Philadelphia, PA metropolitan area:

Serving and advocating for at risk children and adolescents by collaborating and partnering with community-based providers whose primary concerns center on behavioral health issues affecting school attendance and achievement.

Conducting home visits and assessments for youth and families facing educational, familial, and behavioral problems.

Providing advocacy services for youth facing educational problems, including the need for testing and placement in special education services.

Coordinating regular community service projects and public workshops targeting children and youth at risk for truancy and their parents/guardians.

Providing training to school personnel regarding systemic issues affecting truancy, particular issues of chronic homelessness and involvement in the foster care system.

For more information about our truancy prevention and intervention services, please contact DCCS at (215) 878-2198.