According to Pennsylvania law, a child is truant if they have three or more unexcused absences during one year. A child is "habitually truant" if they have six or more unexcused absences in one school year.
TIPS helps families get kids in school consistently and on time. A good attendance record helps a family avoid formal involvement with child welfare.
TIPS works with the School District of Philadelphia, Family Court, and community-based agencies (CUAs) to help families:
- Figure out why their kids are missing school.
- Access resources to help kids make it to school.
- Maintain regular school attendance and avoid getting the courts involved.
Families, schools, the court system, or the police department can all refer youth to TIPS.