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The Alameda County District Attorney's Office

"Every Day Counts" - Oakland Initiative


Did you know that last year nearly one out of nine children in the Oakland Unified School District were chronically absent, meaning they missed almost a month of school?

Help us interrupt this pattern and cultivate a habit of good attendance starting in kindergarten, or even earlier, so children have the opportunity to learn and succeed in school.

Attendance Toolkit for 2014

The new attendance toolkit, Every Day Counts, 2014, is now available.
Every Day Counts, 2014 (PDF 6.5Mb)

The Alameda County District Attorney's Office is committed to addressing the epidemics of chronic absenteeism and habitual truancy. We are highly aware of the correlation between poor school attendance during childhood and teen years and eventual involvement in the criminal justice system. This Office is dedicated to working together with educators, school administrators, law enforcement, health professionals and community based organizations to ensure that our youth attend school every day and graduate ready to succeed in college and work.

Many excellent programs, interventions and strategies exist to keep students present and engaged in school. This web site aims to gather in one place the information, tools and resources that we believe will prove valuable in this joint endeavor.

For more information, contact Assistant District Attorney Teresa Drenick

Alameda County Parent Truancy Court Graduation
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