Hands-on approach to truancy



SOME Australian schools have started using mobile phone messaging to address truancy problems, but a joint initiative by NSW Police and the Department of Education continues to use a hands-on approach.

Yesterday Senior Constable Sue Kady joined home school liaison officers Greg Eather and Jane Pearce for a day-long trip around the Clarence Valley looking for 'wagging' students as part of Operation Roll Call.

The trio patrolled the streets of Wooli, Minnie Water, Maclean and Grafton in search of students who may have cho- sen the skatepark or the creek over the classroom.

Each area in the Clarence Valley is visited by the operation once a term and according to Snr Cst Kady, is well received by parents and members of the public.

Students caught out of school without a leave pass or reason that can be easily verified, have their details recorded and later reported to their school.

Although truancy is not an offence, those caught out of school will have their names go on records which police can refer to in the future.



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