260A.04 COMMUNITY-BASED TRUANCY PROJECTS AND SERVICE CENTERS.
Subdivision 1. Establishment.
(a) Community-based truancy projects and service centers
may be established to:
(1) provide for identification of students with school attendance problems;
(2) facilitate the provision of services geared to address the underlying issues that are
contributing to a student's truant behavior; and
(3) provide facilities to receive truant students from peace officers and probation officers.
(b) Truancy projects and service centers may provide any of these services and shall provide
for referral of children and families to other appropriate programs and services.
Subd. 2. Community-based action projects.
Schools, community agencies, law
enforcement, parent associations, and other interested groups may cooperate to provide
coordinated intervention, prevention, and educational services for truant students and their
families. Services may include:
(1) assessment for underlying issues that are contributing to the child's truant behavior;
(2) referral to other community-based services for the child and family, such as individual
or family counseling, educational testing, psychological evaluations, tutoring, mentoring, and
(3) transition services to integrate the child back into school and to help the child succeed
(4) culturally sensitive programming and staffing; and
(5) increased school response, including in-school suspension, better attendance monitoring
and enforcement, after-school study programs, and in-service training for teachers and staff.
Subd. 3. Truancy service centers.
(a) Truancy service centers may be established as
facilities to receive truant students from peace officers and probation officers and provide other
appropriate services. A truancy service center may:
(1) assess a truant student's attendance situation, including enrollment status, verification of
truancy, and school attendance history;
(2) assist in coordinating intervention efforts where appropriate, including checking with
juvenile probation and children and family services to determine whether an active case is
pending and facilitating transfer to an appropriate facility, if indicated; and evaluating the need
for and making referral to a health clinic, chemical dependency treatment, protective services,
social or recreational programs, or other school or community-based services and programs
described in subdivision 2;
(3) contact the parents or legal guardian of the truant student and release the truant student to
the custody of the parents, guardian, or other suitable person; and
(4) facilitate the student's earliest possible return to school.
(b) Truancy service centers may not accept:
(1) juveniles taken into custody for violations of law that would be crimes if committed
(2) intoxicated juveniles;
(3) ill or injured juveniles; or
(4) juveniles older than mandatory school attendance age.
(c) Truancy service centers may expand their service capability in order to receive curfew
violators and take appropriate action, such as coordination of intervention efforts, contacting
parents, and developing strategies to ensure that parents assume responsibility for their children's
History: 1995 c 226 art 3 s 40