B, Yoder's note: I'm attending the November 1st session at the Redmond H.S. library. Anyone want to join me?
Redmond, Wash. – Community Truancy Boards are an approach to reducing student absences. Lake Washington School District is forming new Community Truancy Boards. The district seeks 40 community members to serve on two boards. One board will cover the Eastlake and Redmond areas. The other will cover the Juanita and Lake Washington areas.
The mission of Community Truancy Boards is to improve attendance and school engagement. They find positive solutions to the reasons for each student’s absences. Community Truancy Boards help families address obstacles that prevent students from attending school.
Washington’s truancy law, often called “the Becca Bill,” is intended to stop absenteeism before it becomes a problem. If a student does not attend school, the law requires the school district to take action. A new law requires Community Truancy Boards as a middle step before formal legal action. Each Community Truancy Board will be made up of educators and community members.
Interested volunteers must attend an information session to apply. Here is the schedule of information sessions:
- from , Lake Washington High School library
- from , Eastlake High School library
- from , Redmond High School library
- from , Juanita High School library
Training sessions will be held in November prior to serving on a board. Volunteers will receive training in identification of barriers to school attendance. They will learn how to assess specific student needs and learn evidence-based treatments that have been found effective in supporting at-risk youth and their families. They will also learn about services available in the community.
The Community Truancy Boards will begin in January. Each session will include four to five volunteers. Upon selection, volunteers will be asked to participate in at least one Community Truancy Board session per month during the school year.