Mayor's Interagency Task Force on Truancy, Chronic Absenteeism and School Engagement
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Faith Based and Community Outreach

The Task Force has worked to spread the word about the effects of truancy and absenteeism. In collaboration with the Health Department’s Office of Minority Health, the Task Force sent out a Call to Action Toolkit to more than 1,000 faith-based and other community leaders that provides them with information on truancy and chronic absenteeism and shares ideas on how to combat it. Using the toolkit, faith leaders from across the City were encouraged to give sermons at the beginning of the school year on the importance of going to school to help connect with otherwise difficult-to-reach families and students.

To reach even more New Yorkers, Mayor Bloomberg created a special video message about the value of daily attendance—and the Task Force is working with community-based radio stations to broadcast his message to neighborhoods with high rates of truancy and absenteeism.

The Task Force also hosted a City Hall roundtable for faith-based leaders to learn how it could support efforts to convince families that their children need to be in school every day. The idea of the Mayor’s Call-to-Action toolkit emerged from suggestions at that roundtable.

View the Call to Action Toolkit (in PDF)
Watch a Special Message from Mayor Bloomberg

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