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ISD's Community Truancy Board Seeks Volunteers

Posted by L Michelle on March 17, 2017

The Issaquah School District is seeking caring and committed community volunteers for its 2017-18 Issaquah Community Truancy Board.

Please contact Barb Johnson, Administrative Assistant Special Services, at (425) 837-7085 or via email at Barb Johnson.

What is truancy?

There is a law in Washington State which requires children between the ages of 8 and 18 to attend school; it is often referred to as the Becca Bill.  If a student has seven unexcused absences in one month or ten unexcused absences in a school year, he/she is considered truant.  If a student is truant, schools are required to complete a petition which is filed with the court.

What is a Community Truancy Board (CTB)?

A Community Truancy Board is comprised of volunteers from the local community.  The purpose of the board is to help students re-engage with an educational program and to prevent them from being referred to court due to persistent attendance issues. 

Why is attendance important?

Attending school regularly is essential to students gaining the academic and social skills they need to succeed.

How does a student get referred to the CTB?

Once a petition is filed by a school, a student is invited to an Attendance Workshop with the district Truancy Representative and the Workshop Coordinator from the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.  After the workshop, if attendance continues to be an issue, the student and family are referred to the CTB.

What happens at the CTB meetings?

The board is provided with background information regarding each referred student and then meets with the student/family individually.  The board listens and asks questions to understand student strengths as well as barriers to attendance.  The board then collaborates to generate recommendations that are given as an action plan to the student, family, and school/district.  At times, the board will hold review meetings to assess the progress of a student.

Do I need special qualifications to volunteer?

No.  A volunteer must be caring, committed, and interested in the lives of students and families in the Issaquah School District.  A volunteer must be a thoughtful and respectful listener who maintains confidentiality and wants to connect with students and families.  You must pass a background check to become a volunteer.

Will I be trained?

Yes.  Board members will participate in a half-day of training in preparation for serving on the board.  Refresher trainings may also be offered on an annual basis.

How much time is involved?

Volunteers will commit to participating in a half-day of training and to serving on the CTB approximately 3 hours/once a month while school is in session.

Questions…or are you interested in being a volunteer?

Please contact Barb Johnson, Administrative Assistant Special Services, at (425) 837-7085 or via email at johnsonb@issaquah.wednet.edu.