Truancy and School Attendance
This section of PALawHelp.org has information and resources about Truancy and School Attendance issues in Pennsylvania.
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This fact sheet from the Education Law Center explains Pennsylvania's new truancy law, effective for the 2017-2018 school year, focusing on the rights of families and obligations and roles of schools; courts; and Children and Youth Agencies. (November 2016)
The Education Law Center (ELC) has updated its “Back-to-School” guide for families, students, and schools. The information and fact sheets now include COVID-related considerations for the upcoming school year.
The Pennsylvania (PA) Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF), of the PA Department of Human Services, oversees County Children and Youth Agencies (CCYAs). CCYA staff and contracted private providers are responsible to make certain that the educational needs of the children and youth that they serve are met by collaborating with schools, children, youth, and families.
The Pennsylvania School Attendance Improvement and Truancy Reduction Toolkit is designed to provide resources and strategies for educators, child welfare professionals and court personnel to effectively address truancy in their local community. The toolkit is web-based in order to enable for updates and changes in the future as required by any changes in the School Code.