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Welcome to the IATDP

Educational success changes the lives of our children!

Since the start of the Coronavirus Pandemic, students have faced so many challenges in both virtual learning and face to face. Students mental health is on the rise and social and emotional counselors are needed more than ever. The struggle is real and we must do our job as educators to reach the students where they are- academically, socially and physically.

Truancy is on a different level because unfortunately the attendance law was not written to include a pandemic, more school-based and community-based services are needed in the schools. We need more resources to meet their needs.
In my 30 years of experience with youth social issues, community collaboration with juvenile experts is the key.  From social workers to juvenile psychologist, the students receive resources, assistance and guidance to be successful.

As we continue to reach our students and meet their needs, let’s remember to stay safe.

Be the Voice: Be the Change!

Dona Mitchell

President, IATDP

Return to School

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Return to School

“With the start of a new school year, a lot needs to happen so that students can learn and thrive without raising the risk of spreading COVID-19. The goal of having children attend school in person — which is how they learn best — will only be safe when a community has the spread of the virus under control.