Good afternoon, Chairman Mendelson, Chairperson Grosso, Chairperson McDuffie and Councilmembers. I am Michelle L. Farr, Deputy Director of Entry Services for the DC Child and Family Services Agency. I appreciate the opportunity to give you an update regarding our collaboration with the DC Public Schools (DCPS) and Public Charter School Board (PCSB) to implement truancy reform.
Responsibility under the Law
Collaborative Partnership with DCPS and PCSB
CFSA Educational Neglect Referrals
School Year 2013-2014
- In SY 2013-2014, CFSA received 3,101 reports of educational neglect. Of these, 3,026 represented children ages 5 to 13.
- Of the 3,101 reports, the CFSA Child Protective Services-Investigations Administration closed 200, of which 81 reports representing 115 children were substantiated. The Child Protective Services-Family Assessment Administration closed a total of 545 referrals, representing 553 children.
- Of the educational neglect reports CFSA received during SY 2013-2014, 45 percent came from DCPS, 44 percent from the public charter schools, and the remaining 11 percent from other sources.
School Year 2014-2015
- In SY 2014-2015 (up to May 31, 2015), CFSA received 2,711 reports of educational neglect, representing 2,777 children ages 5 to 13.
- Of the 2,711 reports, 954 (or 35 percent) warranted CFSA involvement, with 742 of the reports served through our Family Assessment track and 212 through the Investigations track. CPS-Investigations closed 192 reports, with 91 substantiations representing 127 children. CPS-Family Assessment closed 593 referrals representing 670 children.
- Of the educational neglect reports CFSA received during this period, 50 percent came from DCPS, 37 percent from public charter schools, and the remaining 13 percent came from other sources.