Clark County Truancy Project Workshop
Once a petition has been filed with the Clark County Juvenile Court by the School District, the Truancy Project helps staff and conduct a weekly Truancy Attendance Workshop held at the Juvenile Court. The workshop provides the student and parents information about the Becca Law and the consequences of not attending school. The student and/or parents may sign a Stay of Proceedings which puts the petition on hold for 12 months. If school attendance does not improve following the workshop, the School District staff sends a referral to Truancy Project staff.
All workshops are held at the Clark County Juvenile Center weekly each Monday beginning at 3:00. Students and parents are notified of workshop attendance via a written mailed notice from the school district.
Cowlitz County Truancy Project Orientation
Once the Truancy Project staff receives a referral, the student and parents are required to attend a 1½ hour orientation. Youth may not attend school for a variety of reasons including fear, academic failure, family issues, substance abuse and many other reasons. As an intervention program, the Truancy Project's goal is to return youth to school successfully. Therefore, we spend some time at the orientation trying to assess the youth's issues and beginning a plan to resolve the problems. This is a time for the parents and students to be educated about the Becca Law, the Truancy Project Program and what is expected of them in the future.
All orientations are held at the ESD 112 Longview office (1217 14th Ave) each Tuesday afternoon and evening. Students and parents are notified to attend an orientation via a written mailed notice from The Cowlitz County Truancy Project.