Truancy

Truancy will get you arrested. David W. Prater, Oklahoma County District Attorney, continues the vision of Robert H. Macy, former Oklahoma County District Attorney, to resolve and improve school attendance among youth in Oklahoma County. In 1987, Robert H. Macy decided to act upon his vision of keeping young people in school. Children run a much greater risk of getting into trouble with the law, themselves becoming victims of crime, and of course having much less opportunity to succeed in life. Out of his effort, legislation was passed to allow police officers to intervene with the youth who were not in school. Anti-truancy programs have been implemented to work with the District Attorney’s Office; school administrators; counselors; parents and students. In partnership with Youth Cornerstone, Inc., THRIVE Truancy Program and the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office joins their mission to ‘Help kids help themselves.”

As a result of the efforts of the past 20 years, approximately 27,500 students and their families in Oklahoma County have been served through these programs. It is the mission and goal of the Truancy Docket to give every parent the opportunity to re-commit to their child’s education. Punishment of parents for their child’s past truancy is our last resort.

If you receive a truancy letter from the District Attorney’s Office would like to discuss your student’s attendance, please contact Youth Cornerstone’s THRIVE Program directly at 405-587-0028.

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