Initiative Description: Students who approached/exceeded the legal limit of 10 absences in a 15 week semester were identified by teachers. Students and their parents were required to meet weekly before a judge. The truancy diversion program addressed middle and high school students with problematic absenteeism. The program was offered in 11 at-risk middle and high schools in southern Nevada. School staff identified students who had approached or exceeded the legal limit of 10 absences in a 15-week semester. The program required that the student and his or her parents meet weekly before a judge. The truancy diversion program addressed attendance, grades, and home-based difficulties.
Study Results: School climate subscales related inversely to absenteeism severity, especially for older youths. Additionally, school climate subscales are inversely related to anxiety, depression and oppositional behavior, particularly in male respondents
Reference: Hendron & Kearney (2016). School Climate and Student Absenteeism and Internalizing and Externalizing Behavioral Problems, Children & Schools, 38 (2) 109–116, https://doi.org/10.1093/cs/cdw009
Level of Evidence: Good