LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Los Angeles County schools kicked off School Attendance Month with creative incentives aimed at keeping students in the classroom.
School officials discussed the approaches schools will implement at a 9:30 a.m. press conference at Centinela Valley Center for the Arts at Lawndale High School, 14901 Inglewood Ave.
More than 25 school districts have pledged to offer motivation for students who struggle with attendance and reward those who stay in school.
The truancy rate in LA County is 32.4 percent, higher than the state’s average of 28.5 percent,
“Chronic absenteeism is a red-alert that students are headed in academic trouble and eventually for dropping out of high school,” County Superintendent Arturo Delgado told KNX1070’s Vytas Safroncikas. “Poor attendance can start as early as kindergarten, and we’re seeing now as early as preschool.”
The campaign gives schools creative approaches to boost attendance.
“It’s been a shift for us, so we go out now and try and reach out and bring these students in and try and provide for them,” Delgado said.
Starting Friday, those involved with the campaign will be knocking on the doors of families whose children having been missing school.