Truancy Information for Schools
The Diversion Process
This process begins with the initial efforts between student, family and the school. Formal responses and interventions geared towards engaging students and families on the importance of school attendance have a higher rate of changing the behavior. (See Diversion Process in the forms section).
Referral to Scott County
Once the school has followed the diversion process but has been unsuccessful, they may refer to the Scott County Attorney’s Office by submitting the Offense Report (forms section). The referral will be screened for necessary documentation and if approved will forward it to the appropriate truancy worker.
Interventions by Truancy Worker
The truancy worker will offer the student/family an opportunity to participate voluntarily in the Scott County’s Truancy Diversion. If the student/family decline the case may be referred for court intervention by the County Attorney’s Office.
The Truancy Worker may:
• Develop a diversion agreement based on the strengths and needs of the student/family.
• Assist with referrals for appropriate assessments/services/supports.
• Monitor school attendance.
• Coordinate with school staff regarding ongoing attendance concerns or progress.
• Meet with student/family at least once per month while attendance concerns exist.
• Discuss alternative education or treatment options that might address specific needs of student/family.
• Refer to the Truancy Diversion Team to screen for possible court intervention as needed.
Truancy Worker District Assignments
Erica Raines: Belle Plaine, New Prague & Prior Lake
Krista Adler: Shakopee, Jordan & Savage/Burnsville
*Online Schools, South West Metro Education Cooperative and Lakeville Area Schools will be distributed as they are accepted dependent on truancy worker case load. If student is currently working with a case manager or probation officer within Scott County that worker will oversee the truancy referral.