Champaign-Ford Regional Office of Education 9 and 14 rural districts in the region collaborate to improve student attendance. The systemic and restorative program offers both truancy intervention services through the Attendance Improvement Program for truants and chronic truants in K-10th grade and an optional education alternative, Re-Start Program, for potential dropouts in 10th and 11th grades.
The Attendance Improvement Program employs a three-tiered approach (see link in the left sidebar) that includes prevention oriented supports and monitoring of student attendance data for all students in Tier 1, early intervention and a higher level of support for truants in Tier 2, and intensive supports for chronic truants in Tier 3. Case managers support truants and chronic truants with Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions.
The Re-Start Program provides GED coursework, career planning and work experience for potential dropouts. All levels of support include the following components: monitoring data, engaging families and students, recognizing improved attendance, providing personalized outreach, and removing barriers.
The Attendance Review Council (ARC) with representatives from all districts meet six times each year to support district implementation of Tier 1 and Tier 2 supports. The ARC Advisory Group meets twice a year to monitor both programs and identify additional community resources.