Referral Process

The goal of the Attendance & Truancy Division of the Lake County Regional Office of Education is to see that students achieve.

You will find our online truancy referral form link below. Upon receipt of a referral, a letter will be sent to the parents, signed by the Director, apprising them of the law and the consequences that could occur if attendance does not improve. In addition, an Outreach Specialist will be assigned to the case and a truancy assessment will be conducted. Recommendations as a result of the assessment may include advocacy, personal counseling, and community-based agency referrals. If the attendance issues continue, a hearing at the Regional Office of Education may be held followed by a court referral, if necessary.

Illinois School Code defines habitual truancy as: a student that misses 5% (9 days) unexcused of the previous 180 regular attendance days. This changed from 10% on July 1, 2011. Also, SB1307 was approved and took effect as of July 1, 2014 the compulsory school age has changed from 7-17 to 6-17 (if the student has turned 6 by September 1st each year).

During the 2015-16 school year ATD received 926 referrals. In the past, we have accepted referrals from schools whether they are excused or unexcused. We would like to be proactive and work with excused absences; however, due to the high number of referrals per Outreach Specialist, we will prioritize unexcused absences. Please visit our website for information and resources that can help address excused absences and excessive tardiness.

To fill out a referral form. please click here.

During the 2013-2014 school year ATD received over 700 referrals. Since July 1, 2011, a student that misses 5% (instead of 10%) unexcused absences of the previous 180 regular attendance days is considered a habitual truant. Also, SB1307 was approved and took effect as of July 1, 2014 that the compulsory school age has changed from 7 to 17 to 6 to 17.

Instructions for Completing a Truancy Referral Form

It is extremely important to complete all information on the truancy referral form. Excluding any data may delay the processing of the truancy referral and the assignment of an outreach specialist.
  • Student Data: Please complete with all known phone numbers (home, work, and cell phone numbers). If student lives with one parent/ guardian, include both parents/guardians addresses and phone contact numbers.
  • Student Identification System (SIS): The SIS number that is needed is the state-issued, 9-digit unique number that follows the student throughout their educational career. Please do not enter the district student id number here. If you are unaware in your schools system where to find the SIS number, please ask your Information Technology department where to locate the number.
  • School History: Attach a copy of the current school attendance, grades to date and prior school history, including cumulative card. This will allow us to understand when the attendance problem began as well as identify attendance patterns.
  • Interventions Attempted: Please indicate specific interventions attempted including dates and outcomes. This will enable the outreach specialist to assess the appropriate level of intervention.
  • Please indicate if the student currently has contact with probation and/or court.
Important to note: A referral can only be made by the school. If a student attends a therapeutic day school or you are a Community Resource Agency, then the home school district would need to refer the student.

Further Information

We look forward to working with you and your school this year. Please feel free to call Director Monika Schwander at 847-223-3400, ext. 224 with any ideas, questions, or concerns.