February 4, 2014 > Truancy enforced stickers
Truancy enforced stickers
Submitted By Hayward PD
The Hayward Police Department has partnered with the Hayward Unified School DistrictÕs campaign for ÒStudent Success Starts with AttendanceÓ to improve school graduation rates.
Starting January, businesses and community organizations in Hayward are being asked to place Truancy Enforced Decals in their establishments. The decal program is intended to help students stay in school to improve attendance and ultimately graduation rates.
Instead of allowing students to be in stores and establishments during school hours, students will be encouraged to stay in school during school hours (generally 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) instead of loitering at local stores and businesses. Proprietors and community leaders are being asked to promote the importance of attending school daily, graduating high school and pursuing goals of college and career.
For students who donÕt leave or for who there is concern, we ask businesses to call the Truancy Enforced telephone number on the sticker (510) 293-7000 (Hayward Police DepartmentÕs Non-Emergency number). A Hayward Police Officer will respond and assist the studentÕs return to school.
Police Officers and Hayward Unified School District staff did truant sweeps this past fall and plan on doing more in the future. Counselors work with parents and students who have truancy concerns.
Community support is vital. We all need to play a role in encouraging our children to go to school every day. It takes community commitment for all to achieve; student success starts with attendance. Better attendance equals more graduates. More graduates equal better life outcomes for our youth and community!
Andrew Kevy - Hayward Unified School District
Coordinator for Child Welfare, Attendance Unit