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Truancy Action Project (TAP)

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Removing Barriers to Regular School Attendance

The Truancy Action Project (TAP) provides truancy prevention and early intervention services for students ages 12-16 at Duluth Public Schools. Students having difficulties with attendance are referred to the program by school staff or on-site TAP advocates.

At TAP an advocate works with the student and their parents/family to improve attendance, address behavioral or academic issues and any other areas of concern. Together, they identify and remove barriers to school attendance and create an individualized case plan to get the student back on track. This support also allows teachers to stay focused on educating students. 

 

Impact 

By working collaboratively with students and families, we have been able to improve student attendance and academic performance.

  • Since its inception in 1994, TAP has served more than 4,500 students in Duluth.
  • The majority of students working with TAP in the last reporting period (85%) showed improved attendance, as well as an improvement in grades, family relationships or mental health status. 
  • Only 25 TAP students we served during the 2017-2018 school year required a referral to the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) for further intervention. 
  • For the upcoming year, 310 students have been referred to TAP. Since its inception in 1994, TAP has served more than 4,500 students in Duluth.

 

Referral process 

Schools identify students who are having difficulties with attendance, behaviors and/or academics and refer them to TAP. 

Schools participating in TAP include:

  • Denfeld High School
  • Lincoln Park Middle School
  • Ordean East Middle School

Program funding is provided in part by the United Way of Greater Duluth, the Minnesota Youth Interventions Programs Association (YIPA) and the US Office of Justice.

 

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Contact

Beth Adams - Center for Changing Lives Duluth

218.336.2346