Noting the importance of school attendance on everything from academic performance to drop out rates to college completion, the legislature wants to enhance the court-based and school-based efforts to promote school attendance and reduce truancy.
The legislature intends to require each member of a school district that has a community truancy board to: (i) Participate in any trauma-informed training provided to community truancy board members; and (ii) attend at least one community truancy board meeting per school year.
The legislature notes inequities in counties in Washington regarding use of detention and placing truancy/non-offenders in juvenile detention. Depending upon available funds, they want to make available more therapeutic crisis residential centers, especially for counties that are using detention for truancy.
In the future, legislative action will restrict, or end altogether, detention in non-offender matters such as truancy."
As amended in the House Education committee, the amendment removes the requirement that certain school districts participate in any trauma-informed training provided to Community Truancy Board (CTB) members and attend at least one CTB meeting per school year. Requires the development of a model policy and recommended best practices related to community truancy boards by December 1, 2018. Encourages school districts to adopt a community truancy board policy by the beginning of the 2019-20 school year. Revises the intent section to be consistent with these changes.