School-Based Truancy Court is a collaboration with Durham Public Schools designed to bring parents, teacher, administrator, counselor, and social worker to problem-solve attendance issues. The volunteer judge serves as the co-facilitator with the social worker to ask questions and find solutions that improve the student's attendance.
Truancy court often serves as a catalyst for building a strong relationship between the parent, student, and school officials. Volunteer judges must have strong communication skills, patience, empathy, and a strong interest in educating young people.
Volunteer judges will be assigned to a particular school for the year and have an established time for the court session. Sessions are generally between these times: 8 - 10, 9 - 11, or 10 - 12. There may be a court that is between 12:30 - 1 pm but not a guarantee.
- Teaching / Instruction
- Verbal / Written Communication
- General Education
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 25
- Orientation or Training
- 2 to 6 hours per month
- Most truancy courts are scheduled between 8 am and 12 noon Monday-Friday.