National Evaluation Data Brief - Truancy Prevention
Safe Schools/Healthy Students Grantees Use Resources To Prevent Truancy Truancy is predictive of various delinquent behaviors, including drinking, drug use, and juvenile crime. Social isolation and eventual academic failure through suspension, expulsion, and dropping out are also linked to truancy. These results of truancy are costly to society in the form of medical expenses, criminal justice costs, work losses, and increased reliance on government programs. Truancy prevention is therefore a priority of the Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) Initiative and this brief discusses how SS/HS are reducing truancy.