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Manor ISD Receives $924,297 Grant to Prevent Truancy through Partnership with Communities in Schools

Manor ISD was awarded a $924,297 grant from the Office of The Governor this month to fund a Manor ISD/Communities In Schools (CIS) Truancy Prevention Program in the district. Through this grant, Manor ISD will hire a district Truancy Prevention Coordinator, and Communities In Schools will expand services from six to eleven Manor ISD campuses. CIS will also place three additional caseworkers on secondary campuses.

Students who are frequently absent from school struggle to learn. Often, unmet basic, social, and behavioral health needs are the root cause of absenteeism. This underscores the need for a holistic, community-based approach to supporting students to help them overcome all of the challenges they face so they can be in the classroom consistently, ready to learn.

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MISD and CIS will provide tiered truancy prevention services at eleven Manor ISD campuses to address underlying risk factors for truancy, improve school attendance for targeted students, and improve academic outcomes. MISD will leverage the mentoring and community services offered through the district’s Partners In Education program to provide layered supports for students who are at high risk for truancy.

“Manor ISD is dedicated to giving every student the best possible education,” said Manor Superintendent Dr. Royce Avery. “We know that students who are chronically absent are missing critical classroom instruction time and are at the greatest risk of falling behind and dropping out of school. We value the expertise Communities In Schools brings to this partnership, and this grant will allow us to provide layers of support to students most at risk of truancy.”