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Social workers help QPS families keep kids in school

Social workers help QPS families keep kids in school

6 months, 1 week ago by Mary Griffith

Donations helping to pay for two social workers

Private donations of almost $100,000 will fund 2 social workers to help reduce truancy in the Quincy Public Schools.

School board member Mike Troup, appearing Tuesday on WTAD's Mary Griffith Show, says over 200 students are chronically truant each year, each missing more than 25 school days. Troup says for the past four years, special social workers have been knocking on doors of those truant kids, trying to help families get their kids back in school. According to Troup, 87 per cent of truant children live in a single parent household. Most of those parents have health and other issues.

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About 35 families are served. Troup wants more donations to expand the program, which he says has been very successful in reducing chronic truancy in Quincy. Hear the full interview with Quincy School Board member Mike Troup in the podcast section

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