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Truancy and Homeless Outreach

Our ROE #17 Truancy and Homeless Outreach Programs

(309) 828-5807 ext. 1214
truancy@roe17.org
homeliaison@roe17.org

Regional Office of Education #17 is responsible for coordinating an ongoing program to assist the region’s schools in requiring good student attendance and assisting local homeless liaisons. The DeWitt, Livingston, Logan, & McLean Counties Truancy/Outreach/Homeless Specialists, will work aggressively with schools and parents to intervene early and resolve school attendance problems. Partnerships among the ROE #17, Regional Alternative School, the State’s Attorney’s Office, Court Services, and Social Agencies will serve the communities in the resolution of school attendance issues. Additionally, the Truancy/Outreach/Homeless Specialists serve as a bridge between the Area IV Lead Homeless Liaisons, and the local school building homeless Liaisons.

Mary Diener
Outreach Specialist
Jim Drengwitz
Outreach Specialist
Steve Mintus
Outreach Specialist

Our Outreach

TRUANCY OUTREACH        

The truancy program is an ongoing program to assist schools within our serving region in assisting and promoting student attendance.  The DeWitt, Livingston, Logan, & McLean County truancy outreach specialists work aggressively with schools and parents to intervene early and resolve school attendance issues.  Our emphasis is on unexcused absences, excessive total absences, and tardiness, as it interferes with the learning process of the student. Partnerships among the Regional Office of Education #17, the State’s Attorney’s Office, Court Services, and Social Agencies serve the communities in the resolution of school attendance issues on a case-by-case basis.

HOMELESS OUTREACH

This program is designed to meet the educational and personal growth needs of students who are considered homeless, as defined by McKinney-Vento Homeless Act.  The purpose of this is to ensure children and youth who are homeless have an opportunity to meet the same standards that all children are held to.  This is done by providing support to local school district liaisons to provide services and activities to improve the identification of homeless children and youth (including preschool-aged homeless children) and enable such children and youth to enroll in, attend, and succeed in school, including, if appropriate, in preschool programs.  Furthermore, our outreach specialists serve as a bridge between the Area IV Lead Homeless Liaisons, and the local school building homeless Liaisons.

 

RESOURCES 

- Attendance Works
- Communication with your Teen
- Parents Care & Share
- Strengthening Families: Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
- Engagement 

 

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Quick Links

Truancy Outreach
Homeless Outreach and Education
Parent Care and Share
School Administrators & Liaisons Resource