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Identifying Truants

photo of students in classroom raising handsStudents without prior truancies, less than six unexcused absences, or are under age 11 are returned to school by SFPD. Students with a history of more than six unexcused absences or those students who have not provided accurate information to the SFPD are taken to TARC.

The Process

  • If the student is to be taken back to school, school staff and the parent or guardian are notified and school staff meets police at curbside to welcome and escort the student back to school.
  • Students taken to TARC are assessed and a Life Education Action Plan (LEAP) is created with short and long-term goals, and an attendance agreement is developed and signed by the student, parent or guardian.
  • Student, parents or guardians are linked to academic and social services.
  • TARC case managers, as well as SFUSD staff, are assigned to the student for support and follow-up.

Legal Recourse

photo of group of students with globeThe San Francisco District Attorney’s Office is serious about truancy. In cases of chronic truancy, students’ parents or guardians are brought to court for a violation of the Education Code 48293. If found guilty, students and their families are given the option of paying a $2500 fine, or attending school regularly for the next semester. Chronic truant high school students may be brought to court and held accountable for their own behavior. During court proceedings families/students will be paired to a TARC case manager for development of a re-engagement plan.

What You Can Do

photo of group of students at computerIf you are aware of a truant student and would like to get them the help they need to get re-engaged in school and back on the path to graduation, please call the TARC Center.

"The 21st Century economy demands an educated workforce. We must rise to this challenge and close the graduation gap that afflicts underprivileged communities in San Francisco."

— San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom