Referral Steps

  1. Student displays behavior of concern.
  2. Student is referred to the school's Student Assistance Team and linked to school-based services.
  3. Student and family are referred, if necessary, to outside services, including a multi-disciplinary team composed of representatives of several agencies.
  4. If truancy persists, Student Assistance Team may refer the student to the Truancy Reduction Program.

--TRP Referral Process--

  1. Student must have four or more absences and/or four incidents of arriving to class late (30 minutes or more).  Note:  Use this criteria as a guideline for your specific district/school.
  2. School has made home/parent contact via telophone and/or in writing.
  3. Student referred to Student Assitance Program team.
  4. Complete TRP ReferralForm in detail
    • Check emergency form for siblings at school and notify teachers of any special circumstances noted.
    • Submit completed TRP Referral Form to school attendance department.
    • School office staff verifies absences and correctness of dates.
    • Student attendance record is copied and attached to TRP Referral Form.
    • Complete TRP Referral Form given to school site administrator with back-up materials.
    • School site administrator notifies parent of student's referral to Truancy Reduction Propram.
    • Mail completed copies of TRP Referral Form to appropriate agencies (1) White-Kern County Probatio Department; (2) Canary-School of student's attendance; (3) Pink-District Office and (4) Goldenrod-Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office, Attention:  Daryl G. Thiesen.
  5. Referred student becomes part of TRP officer's caseload and receives regularly scheduled home and/or school site visits from the assigned officer.
For more information, call Daryl G. Thiesen, Prevention Programs Coordinator, Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office at (661) 636-4757; email: dathiesen@kern.org or fax (661) 636-4329.

Student Profile 

TRP Referral Form (pdf) 

TRP School Sample Parent Letter

Helpful Hints for School Staff Members

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Program Highlights

  • The majority of "graduates" from of the Truancy Reduction Program are no longer truant.
  • The program is tailored to each community's and district's needs.
  • Truancy officers use resources at Neighborhood Partnership and Healthy Start sites.
  • Probation officers often become a "big brother" or a "big sister" to students.
  • Truancy officer frequently join forces with Department of Human Services caseworkers.  Monitoring follow-up and interagency cooperation help contribute to the program's success.

People are talking about TRP

"We believe that the Kern County program offers many valuable ideas and strategies for our nationwide audience." - Department of Education official

"We call them (probation officers) and ask for help sometimes." - Michael Warren, parent

"Truancy is a community problem -- one which we all must seek to eliminate through available community resources and parental cooperation." - Paul Adams, Deputy Probation Officer, Kern County Probation Department

"We feel that the program helps stop truant behavior at an early stage and allows us to send the message to parents about the importance of being in school." - Daryl G. Thiesen, Prevention Programs Coordinator, Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office

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