Maryland Courts

Truancy Pilot Reduction Program (TRPP) in Somerset

Maryland law requires that any child between the ages of five and sixteen attend school on a regular basis.

During the 2004 Legislative Session, Maryland State House of Delegates passed legislation granting permission to the First Judicial Circuit to establish a regional truancy reduction program.

The program began in Somerset County in November 2005. Truant students and their families participate in a program whose purpose is to improve attendance in children, ages five to sixteen. This project is a collaborative effort involving the Circuit Court for Somerset County, the Somerset County Board of Education, Maple Shade Youth & Family Services, the Department of Juvenile Services, the Department of Social Services, local legislative representatives, the Local Management Board, and other service providers.

For more information, please refer to the TRPP brochure (PDF) and TRPP booklet (PDF).