Truancy Protocol for Oakland County
In 1998, The Oakland County Prosecutor, David G. Gorcyca, the school superintendents of the twenty-eight school districts of Oakland County, and Oakland Schools joined in partnership to develop the Early Truancy Intervention Program.
This collaborative effort helped children who were not regularly attending school. In February 2005, we created the Oakland County Truancy Task Force, a collaboration of public schools, state, county and community agencies, who work together to promote the 3As in education - Attendance, Attachment, and Achievement.
We have hosted annual conferences on school truancy for K-12 school staff, developed a checklist for schools to assess their school attendance awareness identified referral resources for the top ten reasons a student misses school and created a document for at-risk high school students entitled "Whatever It Takes, Graduate!"
Our goal is and always will be the 3As: Attendance, Attachment, and Achievement.
We need to encourage children to attend school, attach to school and achieve at school.
Oakland County's Early Truancy Intervention Protocol
Lack of school attendance is a concern in Oakland County. Children cannot succeed in our society without a good education.
Truancy is the first sign that a student is in trouble at home and at school. Truancy is one of the most powerful predictors of juvenile delinquency.
The Oakland County Prosecutor, the school superintendents of the 28 school districts in Oakland County, and Oakland Schools have joined in partnership to develop the Early Truancy Intervention Program. This is a collaborative effort to help children who are not regularly attending school.
In addition, Oakland Schools has created the Oakland County Truancy Task Force comprised of members from the court, the Prosecutor's Office, Child Protective Services, school districts and community groups to promote the three A's - Attendance, Attachment and Achievement.
Michigan Truancy Resources:
- Michigan Department of Education School Law -- Compulsory School Attendance Policies and Grades
- Enhanced Community Service and Strategies for Keeping Kids in School - Connections Resource Guide
- Mandated Reporter's Resource Guide - Have a Hand in Protecting Children
- High School Diploma Drives Economic Stimulation
- Michigan's Children
- Parent Involvement = Student Achievement (MDE)
Home School - Right to Home School
Michigan parents have the right to home school their children. The law requires a parent or legal guardian of a child from the age of six to sixteen to send his or her child to school during the entire school year, except under certain limited circumstances (MCL 380.1561).
The law was amended in 2010 to increase the compulsory school attendance age from 16 to 18 for a child who turned 11 after December 1, 2009, or who entered grade six after 2009. The exceptions include but are not limited to, sending a child to a state-approved nonpublic school or educating a child at home in an organized educational program.