Truancy Court Update
Posted on 03/12/2019
April 2, 2019 - Follow all Truancy Task Force updates here.

March 12, 2019 - The Truancy Task Force's first meeting will be held March 20, 2019, at the Scullen Leadership Center at 4:30 p.m.

February 26, 2019 - At the regular Board of Education meeting on February 25 the Board approved the list of members of the Truancy Task Force. The Task Force begins meeting in March. Please see the full Item for Consideration in BoardDocs.

January 10, 2019 - This morning during Programs and Services AASD School Board members were shown a presentation outlining the next steps to addressing truancy in the AASD.

Please see the full presentation below:
Addressing Truancy: Next Steps

We are committed to working with our community partners to encourage and improve student attendance in the Appleton Area School District.

If you are interested in being considered for the Advisory Truancy Task Force, please fill out this interest form before January 18, 2019.

December 21, 2018 - On December 20, 2018, the district received a complete report following a 6-week independent review of truancy court. This review was conducted by objective outside legal counsel and focused on the processes and procedures of truancy court that is held at our district middle and high schools. 

Transparency is important to us and to our community. The report can be viewed here: AASD Truancy Court Report

We thank our families, students, staff, and community for their patience as the review has proceeded. It is important that the report contains as much information, data, records, and testimonials as possible to inform our next steps as a district. 

Now that the independent review is complete, the district will fully analyze the report and its findings to develop an action plan for strategic change in identified areas. 

The administrative action plan and timeline will be shared with the Programs and Services Committee of the Board of Education on January 10th and with the full Board at a subsequent Board meeting. It will also be made available to the public at that time.

While we know that that there is a positive relationship between school attendance and student success, we need to do a better job of ensuring that all students and families are treated fairly and with dignity and respect. It is extremely troubling to us that this has not always been the case in the past. In response, the District’s school-based Truancy Court process will be suspended for the remainder of the 2018-19 school year.

On behalf of the District and our Board of Education, I apologize to the students and families that have been treated poorly during the truancy court process. As a district, we are committed to making improvements in our efforts to foster respectful speech and dignity for all individuals and within all programs. 


Dr. Judy Baseman
Appleton Area School District Superintendent

November 9, 2018 - Appleton Area School District administration and the Board of Education are fully aware of concerns recently raised regarding truancy court proceedings held at our district middle and high schools.

The district is currently gathering relevant data and is conducting a thorough review of the truancy court process and procedures. If we do determine that there is an issue, we will take corrective action.

The district is working with outside resources, including legal counsel, to respond in a comprehensive manner that best serves our students, families, and community. We continue to be diligent in our efforts to foster respectful speech and dignity for all individuals and within all programs.

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.
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