DA’s Office Releases Video Highlighting the Importance of School Attendance

For release on May 4, 2023


Alisha Schoen
Deputy District Attorney
Community Prosecution Unit
(408) 808-3766


DA’s Office Releases Video Highlighting the Importance of School Attendance

Barrett Elementary School First Grade (8) Students Group Photo

To raise awareness about the dire effects of truancy, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office is releasing a video public service announcement (with captions in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese) warning parents and school-aged kids about the growing problem.

In the wake of COVID, chronic absence rates from Santa Clara County schools have doubled compared over the previous year, according to the latest statistics.

The new video premiered today to a first-grade class at Barrett Elementary School in Morgan Hill, celebrating with the children and teachers who helped make it.

“Parents or students may ask: ‘What’s the big deal? What’s a single day or two? What’s an hour late? What’s a missed assignment? It’s a big deal,” DA Jeff Rosen said. “Be on time. Stay in school as though your future depends on it.”

Some national statistics that illustrate the problem:

The DA’s Office is committed to strengthening communities by preventing chronic absenteeism and supporting attendance. To combat the epidemic, our Office, along with the Court, created the first-of-its kind collaborative truancy court, known as CARE, the Court for Achieving Reengagement with Education.    





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