Truancy is a problem at most schools in the country. Too often, truant students become dropouts. APS is taking a direct approach to deal with this issue by adopting strategies to bring truant students back to class.
On Saturday, Jan. 20, at 9 a.m., Rangeview High School Principal Pam Turner is holding a special meeting for parents and their children who have been truant for more than 10 days. The goal is to learn what is keeping these students out of school and to find ways to keep them interested in their education. Rangeview administrators called more than 300 families to extend a personal invitation to the meeting.
Superintendent John Barry, Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates, Rev. Leon Kelly of Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives and Rangeview staff members will work with Rangeview students and their families to offer positive solutions.
The APS truancy outreach plans are motivated by the district’s new vision: to graduate every student with the choice to go to college without remediation. Other truancy prevention strategies include:
- A new truancy task force that will execute strategies to aggressively enforce truancy intervention and create additional support for parents and students.
- On Jan. 29, Superintendent Barry and his leadership team will be making home visits to students who have not returned from school after the holiday break.
APS policy and Colorado state law actually mandate compulsory school attendance for children between the ages of 7 and 16. On July 1, the age changes to 17.