Northwest Regional Education Service District employs a team of Truancy Officers to work with students who are chronically absent from school and who have met the state’s definition of truant. Students are considered truant if they miss more than 5 days of school in any 3 month period or if their overall attendance drops below 90 percent.
The goal of our Truancy Enforcement program is to motivate students to return to school. Our officers work with students, their parents, and school staff to determine why the student has been truant. Once the officers identify the barriers to attendance, they help students and their families work to overcome them.
Our officers are deputized and have citation authority in Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook and Washington counties. Historically, about seven in 10 students begin attending school regularly after one meeting with one of our officers. If a second meeting is required (called a Mandatory Meeting) additional intervention is provided for the student and parent in the hope of avoiding a citation. Citations occur in about 15 percent of all cases and require a court appearance in Circuit Court and possible fines.
If you have general questions or need to speak to support staff, please call 503-614-1420 or email us.