Rockford Public Schools announce campaign to abolish truancy

The City of Rockford and the Rockford Public Schools recently announced a public campaign to Abolish Chronic Truancy now.

Public Service Announcements have begun airing that call for action and community involvement. Rockford Public Schools is operating a Truancy Hotline at 966-5252.

Citizens are urged to call the hotline if they see students not in school during regular school hours. The announcement follows the Aug. 15 City Council approval of the new Rockford Daytime Truancy ordinance. The purpose of the hotline is to collect information such as where children who are skipping school are gathering.

Parents are urged to let their children know the City of Rockford will be enforcing its new daytime curfew. Teachers and District 205 employees will also be informing students of the new daytime curfew law.

Rockford has the second-highest truancy rate in the state. Students who skip school are four times more likely to turn to a life of crime. In the coming days, there will be more announcements as the Abolish Chronic Truancy campaign continues, including efforts from the business community to raise awareness and dollars.

From the Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2005, issue

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