What is a Truancy Court?

What is a Truancy Court?

Truancy Courts are designed to assist school-aged children to overcome the underlying causes of truancy by reinforcing and combining efforts from
the school, courts, mental health providers, families, and the community. Guidance counselors submit reports on the child’s weekly progress throughout the school year which the court uses to enable special testing, counseling, or other necessary services. Truancy Court is often held on the
school grounds and results in the ultimate dismissal of truancy petitions if the child can be helped to attend school regularly. Many courts have reorganized to form special truancy court dockets within the juvenile or family court. Consolidation of truancy cases results in speedier court dates and more consistent dispositions and makes court personnel more attuned to the needs of truant youths and their families. Community programs bring together the schools, law enforcement, social service providers, mental and physical health care providers and others to help stabilize families and reengage youth in their education (National Center for School Engagement, n.d.; National Truancy Prevention Association, 2005).