Truancy prevention program pitched for San Pablo school

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A newly-established nonprofit is aiming to launch a truancy prevention program at Lake Elementary School in San Pablo next school year.

Rev. Wesley Ellis (pictured at far right) is the executive director of Project T.R.E.E. Inc., which is working with the school to start a pilot project targeting 10 chronically-truant students.

Ellis said the nonprofit’s counselors aim to provide a comprehensive approach to ensuring students not only show up to school, but find the option appealing. The plan is to establish a support system that includes interviewing the student and parent separately and together, and mobilizing staff and the nonprofit resources as soon as the child is absent.

“When a child is absent from school, we don’t get on it next week, next month, we know it that day and we’re calling that day,” Ellis said. “When a child is having problem with mathematics, we know that day.”

The nonprofit is hoping to receive approval from the West Contra Costa Unified School District to launch its pilot program in the 2017-18 school year, Ellis said.

Ellis hopes the program is successful to the point that it spreads district-wide.

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