2PurposeTruancy Court was created as a bridge between the judicial system and the school system to promote attendance, diminish delinquency, and promote educational success.
3Objectives Improve school attendance Improve academic performance Increase parental supervision and monitoring of youth activitiesDecrease in-school and out-of-school suspension for behavior through the parenting componentIntegrate existing support services to wrap around students and their families
4Referrals IncludeStudents aged 6 to 15 ½ years of age who are not compliant with the School Attendance Law (NC G.S. 115C-378)
5WhyYouth are not successful in school are at risk of involvement in crime and violenceThey are under supervised and subject to negative influencesData suggests that level of education is correlated with success throughout many facets of one’s lifeThere are Accountability issues for Public Education (No Child Left Behind)Attendance is the Law.
6When and WhereTruancy Court is held for a half day once or twice a month at the Randolph County Courthouse.
7A Model of an Existing Pre-Court Referral Process Letters of notification to parents when the student has 3, 6, and 10 days of unexcused absencesSchool Social Worker contacts family and works with student and family to address needs and improve attendancePrincipal and social worker determine the student is out of compliance with attendance laws, letter is sent to D.A.’s office and DSS with a copy going to parent.Parents are invited to discuss situation with school administrators at any time.
8Juvenile ProcessTruancy Coordinator creates a court file including interventions, results from needs assessment, recommendations addressing attendance, behavioral, and academic aspectsCoordinator facilitates additional interventions and/or files juvenile complaintDJJDP Counselor makes final decision for legal intervention involving juveniles.
9Criminal ProcessFile created by Truancy Coordinator also addresses family environment and results of interactions with parents/guardians. Recommendations offered to assist family in being compliant with attendance laws.Coordinator facilitates additional interventions or directs social workers to file criminal summons for truancyCriminal Summons are served by Randolph County Law Enforcement Officers
10CourtConsultations are held by coordinator with School Social Worker to discuss recommendations in preparation for courtParents and students attend same courtDistrict Attorney, Bailiff, and Public Defenders and/or Private Counsel are present in court and Judge hears testimony and adjudicates student, parent, or both
11The FamilyAn assessment of the entire family is initiated to evaluate truancy predictors.Court interventions are specific to the needs of each individual family member.
12MonitoringTruancy Coordinator, Juvenile Court Counselor, and School Social Worker monitor compliance with recommendations and orders from Judge, and apprise Judge of progress made by familyHearings are scheduled as needed to deal with continuing issues and violations
13StakeholdersThe Chief District Court Judge for the 19th Judicial DistrictRandolph County Schools Administration and School Social WorkersAsheboro City Schools Administration and Truancy StaffThe District Attorney’s Office for the 19th Judicial DistrictRandolph County Sheriff’s OfficeRandolph County Clerk of Superior CourtDepartment of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency PreventionRandolph County Department of Social ServicesRepresentatives from Mental Health in Randolph CountyRandolph County Health DepartmentJuvenile Day Reporting Center
14Thank You For Your Time and Interest in Truancy Court! For More Information, Please Contact The Randolph County School’s Truancy Social Worker