Truancy Diversion Project
Family Court and Services Center
601 North Pecos Road, Map
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101-2408
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2625 St. Louis Ave.
Phone: (702) 799-7435
Fax: (702) 799-0153
Las Vegas, Nevada 89104
The Truancy Diversion Project (TDP) was initially created to decrease absenteeism in Clark County School District Middle Schools. The program now supports High School, Middle School, and Elementary School students as they work towards improving their attendance and grades. Family involvement and student incentives increase the success of the program.
How is Truancy Defined?
Any child, who has missed one (1) period to one (1) school day, three (3) or more times within one school year without a valid excuse, must be declared a habitual truant. After ten (10) unexcused absences the child may be declared a habitual truant in need of supervision. (NRS Chapters 392 and 62E).
How Does the Truancy Diversion Program Work?
Truancy court sessions are held once a week on participating school campuses. At each court session, the TDP team evaluates the youth's attendance records, teacher reports, weekly grades and speaks with the student and his or her parents about the student's progress. The designated Family Advocate assesses and coordinates activities and resources that support the student's attendance and achievement at school. Based on attendance and other forms of progress, the student and family may receive recognition and/or other types of incentives. Incentives may include school supplies, gift certificates, and snacks. The TDP actively rewards school success.
Students who complete the program participate in a graduation ceremony. This generally occurs after ten to twelve successful weeks in the program. Following program completion, the team conducts monthly follow-up interviews and visits with the student and family to ensure the student's continued success.
How Are Youth Selected to Participate?
Schools may elect to refer student's to the TDP program to address any barriers to attendance. If your child has been referred, your school has determined that the TDP is a reasonable intervention to address the reasons for the truancy of your child(ren) [NRS Chapter 392].
Who Should I Contact?
If you are a parent/guardian and are interested in having our son or daughter enrolled into the TDP program, please contact the school they are enrolled in to find out if TDP is currently on their campus.
If you would like to report a truant student, please contact the Clark County School District Attendance Enforcement Office at (702) 799-7830.
If you are a Clark County School District School interested in more information regarding having the trancy Diversion Program on your campus, please contact Judge Jennifer Elliott at (702) 455-0158.