Chronic absenteeism and truancy are serious issues that prevent far too many young New Yorkers from succeeding in school and reaching their full potential. Mayor Bloomberg launched the first ever interagency, citywide campaign to combat this far-reaching problem on June 10, 2010. The Task Force was created to develop comprehensive, interagency approaches that call on all members of the community to work together to make sure that children are staying in school. The “Every Student, Every Day” campaign launched as a pilot program in the fall of 2010 in a total of 25 elementary, middle, and high schools across all five boroughs. The causes of truancy and chronic absenteeism are varied and complex, and the Task Force is implementing several strategies to addresses the range of issues affecting students. The Task Force draws on the experience and insights of many City agencies, community-based organizations (CBOs), and other stakeholders and experts from around the City and across the country, including: educators, social service providers, academics, medi¬cal and mental health professionals, faith leaders, law enforcement officials, youth development professionals, and representatives from the Department of Education and school districts across the U.S.
Learn more about the Task Force at: nyc.gov/everystudent