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Truancy Alternative Program

Overview of Program

The Attendance Awareness Program serves the counties that lie in two Regional Offices of Education. These offices encompass LaSalle, Marshall and Putnam County ROE.

The program provides intervention and prevention to enable at-risk students to increase their attendance and academic achievement with a long term goal of graduation.

Services provided include coordination with families and schools, educational assessment and student/family counseling culminating in the development of an IOEP. The IOEP includes tutoring and/or mentoring, referral to school sponsored programs and social service/community agencies.

The philosophy of the program is that early intervention, early in the child's school career and early in the problem, is the most successful intervention.


TAOEP- Optional Education Program

History and Mission Statement

The LaSalle/Marshall/Putnam Optional Education Program (OpEd) is a short-term alternative education program, which began in 2014 following the awarding of a grant through the Illinois State Board of Education.  It is designed to provide educational opportunities to students who have been identified as truants, chronic truants and potential dropouts in their regular school settings in LaSalle, Marshall, & Putnam counties.  The mission of the Optional Education Program is to provide a safe and positive environment where students can learn as they strive to become independent, productive, and responsible citizens.  It focuses on bulding each individual's academic, behavioral, and social skills to facilitate greater success both in the classroom while in the Optional Education Program, as well as when they return to their Home School Districts (HSD's) or into the community after graduation.



The grant, which supports this program, is very specific in regards to the eligibility of participants.  It serves students in grades 6-12 who are truants, chronic truants and potential dropouts.  To participate in the Optional Education Program, students must be enrolled in their HSD, and referred by truancy casework in conjunction the HSD's truancy liaison/school team.  These are students who are not making progress in their written plans.  The Optional Education Director, Caseworker and Staff will work together with the Home School when a student's success in the Optional Education PRogram may be questionable. 

 Please contact Tyler Amm, Joe Frye, Jordie Jackson or Sandra Blanco at 815-434-0780 for further information.

Download PDF Copy: Instructions for Completing La Salle County Truancy Referral Form
Revised and Posted August 28, 2015

Download Copy: La Salle County Truancy Referral Form
Revised and Posted August 18, 2015

For more information contact Tyler Amm, Joe Frye or Jordie Jackson- Truant Officers, at (815) 434-0780.

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