Topeka Public Schools has been named an honorable mention recipient in the American School Board Journal’s 18th annual Magna Awards program. Topeka Public Schools was honored for its program to keep pre-truant and truant students in school. Topeka Public Schools and the Topeka Police Department partnered together for the program.
The program involved visits to homes of truant students by school officials and police officers. Transportation was expanded through district busing and city bus passes to help students get to school. There was also increased interaction with parents of trurant students. As a result of the program, the school district’s truancy rate decreased significantly.
The Magna Awards recognize school districts across the country for outstanding programs that advance student learning and encourage community involvement in schools.