Medicine’s Stephen Sroka gives talk addressing school truancy

In September, Stephen Sroka, adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, gave a keynote address during a conference in Pennsylvania to address the issue of school truancy—a rising concern in the United States.

In his talk, titled “Skip Day: Fight Against Truancy Starts with Relationships,” Sroka argued that school nurses and physicians can help curb truancy.

At the conference, Sroka examined the medical, legal, social as well as school and family issues that factor into the issue. 

“Obviously we cannot legislate the truancy problem to go away,” Sroka said. “There’s a way to address this with a community approach.”