District Attorney's Office working with San Francisco high school to curb truancy

An Alamo Square high school that has only a 65 percent daily attendance rate is receiving funding to battle truancy.

The truancy intervention program was launched Tuesday at Ida B. Wells Continuation High School at 1099 Hayes St.

The District Attorney's Office allocated $130,000 to fund a case manager who will provide “intensive support” for up to 25 students who are chronically truant.

The same amount has already been given to Phillip and Sala Burton Academic High School in Visitacion Valley, where truancy programs that began two years ago have improved grades and attendance among participating students, say the District Attorney's Office and school officials.

“By helping high-risk students, we hope to break the cycle of poverty and crime that often plagues high school dropouts, and ultimately affects all San Franciscans,” District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement.

In 2007, the District Attorney's Office and the San Francisco Unified School District partnered on truancy programs, leading to what Gascón said has been a 31 percent decline in chronic and habitual truancy districtwide.

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