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 works with community-based agencies to help families get kids in school consistently and on time. A good attendance record helps a family avoid formal involvement with child welfare.
Truancy Intervention and Prevention Services works with the School District of Philadelphia, Family Court, and community-based agencies 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 kids and families involved in formal child welfare services
Truancy and Intervention Prevention Services are only referred through the School District of Philadelphia or Project Go, a truancy prevention program supporting charter schools and led by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. If your child attends a School District of Philadelphia school, you should:
If your child attends a charter, private, or parochial school, you should contact the school’s leadership with all questions and concerns.