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1 Every Child, Every Day Child Welfare and Attendance Lodi Unified School District Report to the Board of Education March 18, 2014 Bill Toledo

2 CWA Department Coordinator Secretary Six CWA Advisors – 1 Bear Creek/McNair/Plaza Robles – 1 Tokay/ Lodi High/Middle College – 2 North Stockton – 2 Lodi and Country Schools

3 CWA Responsibilities Inter-District Agreement Home/Hospital Instruction – ADA Report Truancy Letters – State Audit Student Attendance Review Board Hearings Expulsions/Lodi Discipline Review Board Pre-expulsion IS Contracts Suspension Appeals ONE. Program Referral Foster Youth District wide attendance issues Enrollment/Custody/Caregiver Affidavit’s/Residence Verification

4 Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) Members of the SARB – CWA Coordinator/CWA Advisors/Site Administration – Probation – Mental Health – CPS/Social Services/ – Health Services – SRO’s SARB held after the 3 rd truancy letter and no attendance improvement Purpose – Identify barriers to attendance – Provide support to improve attendance – Communication to parents – Consequences for non-adherence to Compulsory Attendance Laws

5 Truancy Letter Totals School Year12-13 School Year13-14 School Year Letter – Elementary2746 – Elementary3020 – Elementary 749 – Middle820 – Middle902 – Middle 2259 – High School1810 – High High Letter – Elementary636 – Elementary699 – Elementary 290 – Middle341 – Middle390 – Middle 868 – High School847 – High School761 – High Letter – Elementary104 – Elementary120 - Elementary 89 – Middle Middle 513 – High388 – High269 - High

6 Student Attendance Review Board Number of SARB Hearings held – 10 Elementary – 9 Middle – 31 High school Number of SARB Hearings held – 4 Elementary – 2 Middle – 0 High School Number of SARB Hearings held – 46 Elementary – 21 Middle – 34 High School

7 Areas Addressed Consistency Communication Safety Increased attention to early intervention

8 Operational Modifications CWA office will be located at Henderson School Monday – Weekly Truancy Sweeps Tuesday – Truancy letters/home visits/site team meetings Wednesday – Truancy letters/home visits/site team meetings Thursday – CWA Staff Meeting Friday – SARB Hearings

9 Chronic Absences Chronic Absentee Student absent 10% or more of school year for any reason EC Section 60901(c)(1) – Indicator of potential drop away/drop out – Chronic absence in 6 th grade – most predictive indicator that a student will not graduate – Kindergarten and 1 st Grade 12% become proficient readers by 3 rd grade Higher levels of suspension and lower academic achievement in middle school Corrected

10 Focus on Early Intervention Identify chronic absentees and potential chronic absentees in Kindergarten, 1 st grade Utilize the SARB process to develop intervention and support plan with monitoring component Establish collaborative relationship with Police, Social Services, District Attorney and Probation Include available services such as: Community Liaison, Counselor, Social Worker, Mental Health Provider, Psychologist, Special Ed.

11 Additional Monitoring and Support All sites watch for chronic absentees at all grades Utilize school site intervention process currently in place and/or SARB process as appropriate to address issues Develop a plan to address 6 th grade chronic absentees with a focus on a successful transition to middle school

12 Future Steps Contact school districts that have been identified by CDE as 2013 Model School Attendance Review Board Programs to gather additional ideas. Identify resources for school site administrators on improving attendance. Continue with the district’s attendance incentive program for schools.


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