The only way a student can take advantage of all the opportunities education has to offer is by being there. An unexcused absence from school, whether skipping classes or entire days, is called truancy.
What is TIP?
The Village Family Service Center’s Truancy Intervention Program (TIP) promotes school attendance by working with school-age children and their families to prevent absenteeism.
A family advocate, available in all Clay County Schools, supports and assists families when school attendance is a concern. A family advocate will:
- Assure children’s success in school by supporting families in maintaining regular school attendance.
- Identify barriers to consistent school attendance, and help children and families create a plan that addresses these barriers.
- Foster communication between parents and the school through home visits and contacts.
- Identify family strengths and build on these to assure school attendance.
- Identify family needs and provide easy access to community services.
- Improve relationships between families, schools and the community.
What can you do about it?
You play a big role in your child’s school success. Here are some things you can do to encourage your child to attend school:
- Make sure your child knows he or she can come to you with any problems.
- Create a love of learning by making reading a part of your home life.
- Make homework a priority and check your child’s homework.
- When your child skips school, take steps to deal with it right away.
- Stay in close contact with the school to monitor your child’s attendance.
- Teach your child that skipping school for any reason only creates more problems.
- Set limits. If your child is struggling with homework, monitor the time he or she spends doing things like watching TV, surfing the Internet, playing video games, working at part-time jobs, and participating in after-school activities.
- Take action. For example, your child may need more supervision, after-school tutoring, counseling, or an evaluation to determine if he or she has a learning disability.
- Talk with your child. Try to find out why he or she doesn’t want to go to school.
- Talk to the school. Work together to find a solution. Let your child be involved in the process.
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The Village Family Service Center’s Truancy Intervention Program works with children and their parents in all public K-12 schools in Clay County, Minn. The program is FREE, and will help you keep your child in school. To take advantage of the program, contact Janessa Berndt, TIP Coordinator, at 218-284-2402.