Cincinnati Public Schools and the Cincinnati Police Department jointly launched a truancy hotline in March 2007 that allows citizens to report youths who are suspected of skipping school: (513) 363-0003
The hotline's goal is to provide community members with a means to help with returning students to schools and resolving underlying issues hindering young people's abilities to attend classes, graduate, and go on to colleges and productive careers.
The hotline is housed in Cincinnati Public Schools' Customer Help Center. Callers are asked to provide basic information about suspected truants, which is given to police communications for assignment to police officers. The officers respond and work with CPD' School Resource Officers and school personnel to identify students through school database information.
For Cincinnati Police, the ultimate goal is not merely to round up youths.
"We understand that if we are to be truly effective, we need to work with school social workers, parents and other community partners to keep students engaged in learning by addressing any social, emotional or family problems that may be interfering with attendance," Police Sgt. Rodney Carter said.
The hotline is an outgrowth of an idea suggested when the CPS Board of Education and the Cincinnati City Council met jointly on November 14, 2006.