The Times West Virginian

October 7, 2012

Shelters feel effect of W.Va. truancy crackdown

Associated Press

CHARLESTON — Emergency shelters across the state are feeling the effect of a statewide effort to reduce student truancy.

Children’s Home Society CEO Steve Tuck says more than half of a shelter’s beds are devoted to truancy cases since the West Virginia Supreme Court launched the initiative last year.

Courts can remove students from their homes and send them to shelters if other efforts to get them in school aren’t successful

Tuck says his organization tries to cooperate with the anti-truancy effort. But he says the organization believes children are best served in their own homes with support services.

Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Duke Bloom says the courts try to place truant students in the least restrictive environment. But it’s a last resort.