Advisory Truancy Task Force

The Appleton Area School District believes there is a positive relationship between school attendance and student success. We further believe that school attendance is a responsibility shared by students, parents, schools, and our community.

The purpose of the Advisory Truancy Task Force is to

  • collaborate with community members and partners to support students and families in achieving regular attendance in the AASD and to address truancy concerns using evidence-based best practices
  • review independent report summary, its recommendations, and relevant data
  • build background knowledge of attendance laws
  • review updated/revised AASD truancy process and procedures related to due process rights - clarify the three areas of review/evaluation and how this is accomplished
  • propose additional Tier 3 Interventions to prevent truancy
  • propose collaborative approaches to address habitual truancy

This representative group (AASD staff and administrators, community members, mental health provider/ screener, parents/families, students, APD, County, Boys and Girls Club (TRAC/STAR), etc.) led by Assistant Superintendent Polly Vanden Boogaard and Pa Lee Moua, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, will be open to a collaborative approach, understand the advisory nature of the group and follow established norms.

Background Information on Truancy Court

School-based Truancy Court was established in 2009 to address challenges:
  • Many students and families were not attending hearings at the courthouse after receiving truancy citations
  • Communication between various agencies supporting students and families identified as being habitually truant was inconsistent, leading to ineffective systems

Truancy Court Outcomes

  • Habitual truancy was reduced by 24.01% from 2008/09 to 2010/11
  • Habitual truancy was reduced by 22.61% from the first two years of implementation to the most current two year period of implementation
  • Over 70% of students who received the Civics Lessons did not end up in Truancy Court

Significant concerns identified in the November/December 2018 Independent Review:

  • Due process rights of students
  • Treatment of students/families in Truancy Court



  • Advisory Truancy Task Force created 
  • Truancy letters/notifications in Infinite Campus (IC) reviewed by legal counsel and updated, letters should be in use
  • Check in on the formation of attendance teams at each building
  • Administrative meetings with Outagamie County and Boys & Girls Club


  • Lead Learner presentation with AASD administration
  • Training for Attendance Secretary
  • Dean/Youth Advocate meeting
  • Board of Education approval of Advisory Truancy Task Force
  • Ongoing administrative meetings with Outagamie County and Boys & Girls Club


  • First Advisory Truancy Task Force Meeting - March 20
  • Level meetings with administration
  • Student Records Policy updated and ready to be reviewed by the Board of Education Policy Committee
  • Active School Attendance Teams


  • Input from Truancy Task Force concerning district attendance letters
  • Reviewed state statutes relating to compulsory school attendance and school attendance enforcement


  • Guest speaker Jonathan Cloud
  • Shared research regarding other school district attendance and truancy practices
  • Legal obligations presentation by Attorney Tony Renning


  • Reviewed previous practices and interventions used to address attendance and truancy in the AASD
  • Presented at Programs and Services meeting on July 18
  • Shared out additional ideas and services for new restorative practices attendance continuum
  • Proposed three options for potential outcomes to be used with students who continue to be habitually truant despite interventions and supports as outlined in the restorative practices attendance continuum


Addressing Truancy: Next Steps

AASD Truancy Court Report

Truancy Task Force Members

Upcoming Meeting Dates

4:30-6:00 p.m. Community Room Scullen Leadership Center
4:30-6:00 p.m. Community Room Scullen Leadership Center