Be@School Informational Video

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Be at School Hennepin County Attorney's Office Mission
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Mission: The Be@School mission is to address barriers to school attendance for Hennepin County’s K-12 students and their families through early interventions which are collaborative and family-focused.

Vision: We envision improved equity, wellness, and opportunity for all Hennepin County students through improved school attendance and engagement.


Values:

Hennepin County Attorney's Office Be@School

Be@School values partnership with schools, community agencies, and other areas of Hennepin County as we serve K-12 students and families.

Our goal is to keep students and families out of child protection and the court system.

Our process balances providing early intervention, allowing time for interventions to take effect, and not allowing students to get too far behind in their education due to unexcused absences.

Six Days or Less of Unexcused Absences

  • School staff works with families to identify and address barriers to school attendance.
  • At three days of unexcused absences schools must send a letter to families informing them about possible consequences of further unexcused absences including. The letter is required by Minnesota law.

Seven Days of Unexcused Absences

  • Schools make a report to Be@School. A letter will be sent to the parents/guardians that provides information about education laws, the Be@School program, and resources. The letter also invites parents/guardians and students (12 and older) to view an informational video online.In the letter, there is a unique family code. Parents can use this code to view the informational video and receive credit.
  • The video explains the benefits of education, school attendance laws, possible consequences for unexcused absences, and services available to assist families. The informational video is available in English, Spanish and Somali languages. Families can reach out to Be@School if they want additional resources or if they can't access the online video.

12 Days of Unexcused Absences

  • Schools make a second report to the Be@School program. Be@School social workers review every report. Some families will be invited to a meeting with school staff and a Be@School social worker to discuss goals, strengths, and barriers to school attendance and create an intervention plan to support the student and family. Students ages 12 and older should also attend the meeting.
  • Other families will be immediately assigned to a community agency or county service.
  • Be@school has a variety of community agencies and county services available to support families ranging from emergency assistance to mental health to tutoring.We do have bilingual staff available to work with families who speak languages other than English. We try to match families with a culturally specific provider when possible.
  • All services are voluntary. The goal of the Be@School is to provide students and families with the resources they need to address barriers to school attendance and keep families out of child protection or the court system.

17 Days of Unexcused Absences

  • Schools make a third report to the Be@School program. Be@School social workers review every report.
  • Students and families who are engaged in voluntary services will continue with those services.
  • If the family has declined services or we have been unable to reach the family, the report will be sent to child protection if:
    • The student is under the age of 12, or
    • The student is not enrolled in school, regardless of age.

Please contact Be@School for any questions or resources.
Email: be.at.school@hennepin.us
Phone: 612-348-6041

How to Use the Data Dashboard

The dashboard is interactive, meaning you can reveal additional information by hovering and clicking. When you hover over an element of a visual, a pop-up will reveal additional information related to that element. When you click an element, the entire page will filter according to that element. To filter by multiple elements, use Ctrl+Click.

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Expand to Full-Screen Mode

To expand the data dashboard to a full-screen, please click on the lower right hand corner icon that looks likes two arrows pointing in opposite directions.

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Exit Full-Screen Mode

To exit full-screen mode, please press the esc key on a keyboard.

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In addition, you can click the icon that looks like two arrows pointing towards one another to exit a full-screen. That icon is found on the bottom of the data dashboard.

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Feedback and questions

If you have feedback or questions, please contact the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office Be@School program.

Be@School
Email: be.at.school@hennepin.us
Phone: 612-348-6041


Minnesota statutes relating to school attendance

The statutes listed below are those which are most applicable to child protection cases related to truancy.

Compulsory instruction

Parental Responsibility: Minnesota Statute 120A.22 subdivision 1
•    The parent of a child is primarily responsible for assuring that the child acquires knowledge and skills that are essential for effective citizenship.

Ages and terms: Minnesota Statute 120A.22 subdivision. 5(a)
•    Every child between seven and seventeen years of age must receive instruction unless the child has graduated. Every child under the age of seven who is enrolled in a half-day kindergarten, or a full-day kindergarten program on alternate days, or other kindergarten programs shall receive instruction. Except as provided under subdivision 6, a parent may withdraw a child under the age of seven from enrollment for good cause.

Withdrawal from school: Minnesota Statute 120A.22 subdivision 8(1) and (2)
•    Any student who is 17-years-old seeking to withdraw from school must attend a meeting with school personnel, in addition to the student's parent or guardian, to discuss alternative educational opportunities available to the student. Both student and parent or guardian must sign a written election to withdraw from school.

Legitimate exemptions: Minnesota Statute 120A.22 subdivision 12
•    Child illness, medical, dental, orthodontic, or counseling appointments;
•    Family emergencies;
•    The death or serious illness or funeral of an immediate family member;
•    Active duty in any military branch of the United States;
•    The child has a condition that requires ongoing treatment for a mental health diagnosis; and
•    Other exemptions included in the district’s school attendance policy.

Violations; penalties: Minnesota Statute 120A.34
•    Any person who fails or refuses to provide for instruction of a child of whom the person has legal custody, and who is required by section 120A.22 subdivision 5, to receive instruction, when notified so to do by a truant officer or other official, or any person who induces or attempts to induce any child unlawfully to be absent from school, or who knowingly harbors or employs, while school is in session, any child unlawfully absent from school, shall be guilty of a petty misdemeanor.

Educational neglect and habitual truant

Minnesota Statute 260C.007 subdivision 6(3) and subdivision 6(14)

•    “Child in need of protection services means:

-A child who is in need of protection or services because the child is without necessary education because the child’s parent, guardian, or custodian is unable or unwilling to provide that care.

-A child who is in need of protection or services because the child is a habitual truant.

Criminal and civil jurisdiction for contribution to need for protection or services

Minnesota Statute 260C.425 subdivision 1(a)
•    Any person who by act, word, or omission encourages, causes, or contributes to the need for protection or services is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.

Minnesota Statute 260C.335 subdivision 1
•    The juvenile court has civil jurisdiction over persons contributing to the need for protection or services of a child under the provision of this section.

Attendance information is sent to Be@School by the school. Changes to attendance records can only be made by school staff. Please contact your student’s school to discuss specific attendance information.

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