The Truancy Intervention Programs are a collaboration between the Pinellas County School Board, the State Attorney's Office, the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court, and Family Resources. Eligible clients are habitually truant Pinellas County school students who are 10 to 17 years of age.
Truant youth may appear in Teen Truancy Court to address their truancy issues and to enter into a voluntary agreement to seek services that will assist in resolving the issues leading up to their truancy. This program intervenes in truant behavior by addressing the causes for absenteeism, which may include poor school performance, abuse and violence, bullying, family disruption, or substance abuse. The program utilizes a comprehensive and individualized approach. Case managers will typically visit a youth in their home to assess barriers to regular school attendance and assist with overcoming those barriers in whatever way is necessary. Teen support groups are offered on a regular basis to youth in the program.
The South County Truancy Interdiction Program (SCTIP) program works with law enforcement officers who pick up youth during truancy sweeps and transport them to SCTIP located at the Police Athletic League Center, 1450 16th St. N in St. Petersburg. Parents are notified to pick up their child within an hour.
Teen Truancy Court hearings are held at the Pinellas County Courthouse located at:
14250 49th Street North, Clearwater, Florida
Case management and case monitoring are offered to families. Individual and family counseling services are offered through the Family Resources' Family Counseling program with offices located in St. Petersburg and Clearwater.
Procedure to contact/refer
Youth are referred by school attendance specialists or school social workers. Hearings are generally held weekly during the school year. Support services are offered Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.