Addressing truancy and chronic absenteeism requires the coordinated efforts of the entire community. That’s why the Task Force is partnering with the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) to connect schools with neighborhood-based social service organizations that can provide families and students with invaluable support and resources. A specially designated Schools Liaison was appointed at each of ACS’ twelve geographically mapped Community Partnerships to help connect students with service providers and community organizations that can address the issues that are keeping students from attending school.
The Task Force is also working to ensure that families have access to resources to prevent truancy and absenteeism for their own children. At the beginning of each school year, each of the schools in the pilot program plans Parent Summits to give families the support they need to get their children to school every day. The summits are one of several collaborative efforts among school leadership, local community partners, and City agencies to engage parents and connect them with the resources they need to improve their children’s attendance. Each summit features a Resource Fair comprised of representatives from local organizations and the ACS Community Partnerships, offering families information about tutoring and athletics programs, mental health and housing services, ways to treat and prevent asthma, and much more.