Truancy Intervention Program
According to Illinois law, the age for compulsory attendance is six (on or before September 1st) and 17 (unless the child has already graduated from high school (105 ILCS 5/26-1)
The Truancy Intervention Program serves students K-12 in 13 school districts throughout Menard and Sangamon counties. Truancy Case Workers provide the following intervention services to truant students and their families.
- Home visits
- Social Service Referrals
- Student visits
- Truancy Review Board Hearings
- School Visits
- Liaison between family & school
- Phone Calls
- Court intervention
A truant is defined as a child subject to compulsory school attendance who is absent without valid cause on a given school day or portion thereof (105 ILCS 5/26-2a).
A chronic truant is a child subject to compulsory attendance who is absent without valid cause for 5% or more of the previous 180 school days (9 or more unexcused absences in the past 180 days) [105 ILCS 5/26-2a].