TIP: Truancy Intervention Program
How It Works:
TIP is a three-step process involving progressively intrusive interventions to compel students and their parents to address the truancy problem in a positive manner.
Students with as few as three unexcused absences may be referred to TIP. The student's family is sent a letter informing them of the attendance problem and requiring them to attend a large-group meeting where an assistant county attorney discusses the legal, social and individual ramifications of continued poor attendance.
If school attendance does not improve after the initial intervention, the student and parents are required to attend a School Attendance Review Team (SART) hearing. At this hearing an assistant county attorney leads a team of school and other officials in negotiating a contract with the student and the parents.
If attendance still fails to improve, a truancy petition is filed in Ramsey County Juvenile Court and an expedited hearing is scheduled. A student faces such penalties as the loss of his or her driver's license.