Truancy Diversion Services

The information below is intended to assist school staff with understanding the Wright County Truancy Program process and making truancy referrals. The Wright County Truancy Program is designed to improve attendance of juveniles at school by working in collaboration with parents, schools, and juveniles.

Step One: 3 Day Truancy Referral
After the child has had 3 or more unexcused absences on 3 different days, the school makes a referral to Wright County Human Services using the 3 Day Truancy Referral Form below. The child and parent are invited to attend the Truancy Mediation Meeting to gain knowledge of the truancy laws including possible dispositions in truancy cases, as well as understanding the effects that truancy has on a child's future.

There is an administrative charge of $15 for this class. The student and / or parent must pay and pre-register before the next Truancy meeting. The meetings take place in the evening at the Wright County Government Center.
 
3 Day Truancy Referral Form - Adobe PDF (printable)
3 Day Truancy Referral Form - Word 2007 (fill-in/printable)
  
Step Two: 5 Day Truancy Referral
If the child continues to be truant (5 unexcused days), the family is referred to the Wright County Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) using the 5-Day Truancy Referral Form below.

The family meets with representatives from the school, Wright County Human Services, and potentially Probation, to identify and address any issues that are preventing the child from attending school and being a successful student. The SARB tailors their recommendations to the specific circumstances of each child and the family signs a contract to work towards resolving the child's truant behavior.

When a student reaches this point, their attendance is also monitored by Wright County.
 
5 Day Truancy Referral Form - Adobe PDF (printable)
5 Day Truancy Referral Form - Word 2007 (fill-in/printable)
  
Step Three: 7 or More Unexcused Absences
The 3rd step is the filing of the truancy petition. This step will be taken if steps 1 and 2 have failed. If a student reaches step 3, a $50 administrative charge will be assessed.

Educational Neglect
The Wright County Human Services is excited to announce a new Educational Neglect Diversion Program that will be implemented the 2014-2015 school year. The focus of the program is to provide early intervention to both the parents and students as soon as the child starts missing school.

Step One: 3 Day Educational Neglect Referral
After the child has had 3 or more unexcused absences for missing a whole day of school, the school makes a referral to Wright County Human Services. Wright County then sends a letter to the parents with information on the Educational Neglect program and possible consequences stemming from an Educational Neglect case. If the school has a 3 day letter of their own, they should continue to send those as well. 
 
3 Day Educational Neglect Referral Form - Adobe PDF (printable)
3 Day Educational Neglect Referral Form - Word 2007 (fill-in/printable) 

Step Two: 5 Day Educational Neglect Referral
If the child continues to have unexcused absences, (5 unexcused whole days) the family is referred to the Wright County Student Attendance Review Board (SARB). The family meets with representatives from the school and Wright County Human Services to address any issues that are preventing the child from attending school and being a successful student. At the conclusion of the meeting an agreement for school attendance and services will be developed. 
 
5 Day Educational Neglect Referral Form - Adobe PDF (printable) 
5 Day Educational Neglect Referral Form - Word 2007 (fill-in/printable)

Step Three: 7+ Unexcused Whole Day Absences
The third step is the filing of an Educational Neglect Child Maltreatment report by Wright County. This step will be taken if steps one and two have failed.