*All children age 12 and over are required to attend the AIM before a diversion referral will be accepted.
Schools are required to refer students ages 12-15 to Community Services when they are in violation of the compulsory school attendance laws. At this point, formal Diversion Services are typically offered to students and their parent(s)/guardian(s).
At this level, a Washington County truancy social worker arranges a formal diversion meeting between the students, their parent(s)/guardian(s), and the school. This meeting occurs in lieu of court, in final efforts to compel the child to attend school. A contract is established and the child is placed under supervision with a social worker to comply with the contract. Appropriate service referrals are made and significant consequences can occur at this level of intervention.
If a student continues to be truant after the less intrusive and least restrictive interventions have been tried, court action may be required.