The STARS (Striving Towards Attendance Realizing Success) program is a school and family based initiative that provides intense intervention to stop excessive absences among students. This program is designed to access the needs and risk associated with both the student and family to help re-engage them into the school system. The STARS program will work individually with both the student and family on improving attendance issues as well as identifying the causes behind the excessive absences.
Striving Towards Attendance Realizing Success (S.T.A.R.S.) initiative is a collaborative, comprehensive, and preventive effort to improve the growth of students educationally, emotionally and socially. Many stakeholders in the community have come to together to implement and deliver a comprehensive program that addresses excessive absences within the public school system. This program is designed to move away from a traditional punitive approach in dealing with excessive absences to a problem-solving program. Through a thorough examination of community resources, risk and protective factors, and current research, a number of goals, objectives and outcomes were determined to improve the attendance, graduation rates and deter further juvenile delinquency of our local youth. The STARS program works with at- risk students with chronic absenteeism as well the families of these students. The program is designed to meet with students and families on a weekly basis to address the attendance concerns as well as the reason behind the absences. Once a student is showing effort and success they begin to transition to step-down phases where they meet on a less frequent basis. The program utilizes an attendance arbiter as well as a staffing team consisting of the County Attorney’s office, school personnel and local mental health providers to help engage problem solving. STARS is currentley working with students and families in grades K-12 in a varition of schools in Adams County.