Attendance & Truancy Division - Referral Process


The goal of the Attendance & Truancy Division of the Lake County Regional Office of Education and is to see that students achieve.

Enclosed, you will find a referral form for the new school year for you to use. Upon receipt of a referral, a letter will be sent to the parents, signed by the Director, apprising them of the law and the consequences that could occur if attendance does not improve. In addition, an Outreach Specialist will conduct a truancy assessment and provide personal counseling and/or make appropriate referrals to the Student Support Teams or Community-based programs. If that does not work, a hearing at the Regional Office of Education may be held followed by a court referral, if necessary.

Referral Form During the 2013-2014 school year ATD received over 700 referrals. Since July 1, 2011, a student that misses 5% (instead of 10%) unexcused absences of the previous 180 regular attendance days is considered a habitual truant. Also, SB1307 was approved and took effect as of July 1, 2014 that the compulsory school age has changed from 7-17 to 6-17 (if the student has turned 6 by 9/1/2014).


School Safety Training

In partnership with Educational Services Division and the Illinois State Board of Education’s Illinois Terrorism Task Force, we will be hosting Multi-Hazard Crisis Planning, Bomb Threat and Student Behavior Threat Assessment workshops throughout the year. The workshops are designed to help schools to develop effective emergency & crisis response plans. Please check at, under workshops for dates and registration.

Course descriptions can be seen at ISBE's website: Also available on that page is a School Emergency and Crisis Response Template.

Attendance Week – 26th Annual

The annual countywide Attendance Week competition will be September 2-4th. The contest for K-12 will be held in conjunction with Attendance Awareness Month. Recognition for the top ten schools in four categories: small, medium and large elementary buildings, and High Schools. Information is attached. We will hold the Attendance Week Award Ceremony at the conclusion of September’s Attendance Awareness Month. Contact: Andrea Kowitz akowitz or 847.223.3400 Ext. 223 if you have questions.

Below are some informational materials that can be handed out to parents and students:

Educator's Guide: Encouraging Student Attendance

Parent's Guide:  Encouraging School Attendance

Parent's Guide:  School Safety

Parent's:  Be Cool - Go to School!

Student's:  Be Cool Go to School!

How to Get Out of a Gang

School Guide: Preventing Gang Involvement

Instructions for Completing a Truancy Referral Form

It is extremely important to complete all information on the truancy referral form. Excluding any data may delay the processing of the truancy referral and the assignment of an outreach specialist.

  • Student Data: Please complete with all known phone numbers (home, work, and cell phone numbers). If student lives with one parent/ guardian, include both parents/guardians addresses and phone contact numbers.
  • Student Identification System (SIS) - the SIS number that is needed is the state issued 9 digit unique number that follows the student throughout their educational career. Please do not enter the district student id number here. If you are unaware in your schools system where to find the SIS number, please ask your Information Technology department where to locate the number.
  • School History: Attach a copy of the current school attendance, grades to date and prior school history, including cumulative card. This will allow us to understand when the attendance problem began as well as identify attendance patterns.
  • Interventions Attempted: Please indicate specific interventions attempted including dates and outcomes. This will enable the outreach specialist to assess the appropriate level of intervention.
  • Please indicate if the student currently has contact with probation and/or court.

Important to note:  A referral can only be made by the school.  If a student attends a therapeutic day school or you are a Community Resource Agency, then the home school district would need to refer the student.

We look forward to working with you and your school this year. Please feel free to call me at 223-3400 Ext. 224 with any ideas, questions, or concerns.

If you have any questions regarding this page, please contact Andrea Kowitz.