The State Attorney’s Office Truancy Intervention Program (TIP) is an early intervention program aimed at reducing truancy at the elementary school level in Pinellas and Pasco counties.
Truancy has long been identified as a precursor to juvenile delinquency. While not all truants become delinquents, most delinquents have some incidents of truancy in their past. This program attempts to change their pattern of school absences and to prevent future truancy. The program also addresses family and personal dysfunctions that may be the underlying cause of school attendance problems.
TIP is a collaborative effort between the Office of the State Attorney, the School Board of Pinellas County, the Department of Juvenile Justice, and Family Resources, Inc. It is the goal of these partners to intervene and redirect students early in their school careers to enhance their educational success. In the event that parents do not comply with the program, the case may be referred for prosecution for Educational Neglect.