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Truancy ordinance changes the rules

Betsy Mathas and Raul Lope
Betsy Mathas and Raul Lopez
Through work with the school districts in Jackson County, the Truancy Enforcement Specialists at Southern Oregon Education Service District strive to promote strong school attendance and develop a plan for students to succeed in the education system. The Truancy Enforcement Specialists work to help get students who have dropped out back into school or some form of educational and/or vocational program that will allow them to be successful today and in their futures. 
  
The general philosophy of the Truancy Enforcement Specialists is primarily to create a working relationship with students in an effort to help them be successful. Approaching students positively and in a manner which portrays willingness to help them overcome any obstacle that has created a barrier to success seems to be more effective than other methods. Another essential component of the Truancy Enforcement Specialists' day-to-day work is to ensure that the basic needs of the students are being met in order for the student to be able to focus in the classroom and on their schoolwork instead of on their unmet needs. 

On January 17, 2010, Jackson County put into effect a county-wide Truancy Ordinance which will impact students who have difficulty attending school on a regular basis. The Truancy Ordinance, modeled after a similar regulation in Klamath County, will facilitate attendance efforts by local school districts and augment state attendance mandates.  Under the current state compulsory attendance laws, the parent is held accountable for student attendance. The new county ordinance will enable the Truancy Enforcement Specialists to directly cite a student into Juvenile Court for failure to comply with attendance requirements.

The two full-time ESD Truancy Enforcement Specialists in Jackson County are Raul Lopez and Betsy Mathas; their assigned districts are listed below. Truancy Enforcement Specialist Phil Ortega works exclusively with School District 9. If you have any concerns with your child’s school attendance requirements, or you are have difficulty getting your child to attend school, please feel free to contact them.  

Raul Lopez, Lead Truancy Enforcement Specialist
  • Medford School District 549-C
(541) 778-9572 (cell)
raul_lopez@soesd.k12.or.us

Betsy Mathas, Truancy Enforcement Specialist
  • Ashland School District 5
  • Butte Falls School District 91
  • Central Point District 6  
  • Phoenix-Talent School District 4
  • Prospect School District 59
  • Rogue River School District 35
(541) 778-8462 (cell)
betsy_mathas@soesd.k12.or.us


Truancy Office 
(541) 245-4629







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