Toolkit Overview

The Pennsylvania Toolkit for School Attendance and Truancy Reduction is a resource that will help schools and communities design strategies for ensuring that students attend school, feel an attachment to school, and achieve their educational goals.The toolkit was developed through a recommendation of the Pennsylvania Truancy Task Force, and is the culmination of a cross-system effort coordinated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, the Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission, the Special Court Judges Association of Pennsylvania, and the Center for Schools and Communities.

The toolkit includes:

  • schools’ legal responsibilities regarding compulsory attendance
  • sample parent and student correspondence to address truancy
  • descriptions of successful truancy programs
  • recommendations and a sample truancy elimination plan to ensure a comprehensive cross-system approach to truancy