But, we still do have a problem," said Thomas Bozewicz, executive director of Nova Services.
Determining the root cause of habitual truancy is the goal of Nova Services
employees, said Bozewicz
It's very hard to simply point a finger and say if we could solve that problem, we could solve truancy in school," Bozewicz
"We had one youngster who was doing very well, and suddenly stopped participating and no one could figure out why.After investigating, we learned that a close relative was very ill and he
wanted to stay home and take care of her
was assured she
would be taken care of, he
was fine, and back in school," Bozewicz
Another case involved a student who was involved in a serious incident at school and was very reluctant to go back, because of how she
would be seen by classmates.In that case, Nova worked with her
parents in finding outside counseling services so she
could overcome her
sense of dread about returning to school.
has seen some cases where the problem comes from the family, not the student.
"We had a number of referrals for students in kindergarten.Is this a student problem, or a parent problem?In those cases, we had to work with parents on those issues.It's not always a student problem," he
Once students are referred to Nova Services
, the majority of them do succeed in resuming a regular attendance pattern, according to Bozewicz
"Our goal is within eight weeks to get the student at either a 90 percent attendance or a 20 percent increase in attendance, and 80 percent of our cases are successful" he
said, adding that it doesn't mean the others are not successful, it might just take longer.