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.