In 1998, The Oakland County Prosecutor, David G. Gorcyca, the school superintendents of the twenty-eight school districts of Oakland County, and Oakland Schools joined in partnership to develop the Early Truancy Intervention Program. This collaborative effort helped children who were not regularly attending school. We have learned a great deal about school truancy in our County over the past ten years. We have worked to raise awareness of the devastating effects school truancy has on our children, our communities and our economy. In February 2005, we created the Oakland County Truancy Task Force, a collaboration of public schools, state, county and community agencies, who work together to promote the 3As in education – Attendance, Attachment, and Achievement. We have a website containing our county school attendance resources and showcasing state and national positive school attendance resources at www.oakland.k12.mi.us. We have hosted annual conferences on school truancy for k-12 school staff, developed a checklist for schools to assess their school attendance awareness, identified referral resources for the top ten reasons a student misses school and created a document for at-risk high school students entitled “Whatever It Takes Graduate!” Our goal is and always will be the 3As: Attendance, Attachment, and Achievement. We need to encourage children to attend school, attach to school and achieve at school.
Truancy Task Force
The Oakland County Truancy Task Force was formed in February 2005 to combat school truancy in Oakland County following the 3As model: Attendance + Attachment = Achievement. Task Force members include representatives from the Oakland County Family Court, the Oakland County Prosecutors Office, Oakland County Youth Assistance, Oakland County Health Department, Michigan Department of Human Services, CARE House, Easter Seals, Wraparound, Common Ground Sanctuary, Catholic Social Services, Oakland Schools Truancy Office, Brandon School District, Farmington School District, Hazel Park School District, Pontiac School District, and Waterford Schools.
Attendance Works - Advancing Student Success by Reducing Chronic Absence - (Hedy Chang)
Attendance Awareness Toolkit:
Home School - Right to Home School
Michigan parents have the right to home school their children. The law requires a parent or legal guardian of a child from the age of six to sixteen to send his or her child to school during the entire school year, except under certain limited circumstances (MCL 380.1561). The law was amended in 2010 to increase the compulsory school attendance age from 16 to 18 for a child who turned 11 after December 1, 2009, or who entered grade six after 2009. The exceptions include, but are not limited to, sending a child to a state-approved nonpublic school or educating a child at home in an organized educational program.