COLUMBIA CITY — Attendance is important, and a presentation made at the Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of School Trustees meeting Monday emphasized that.
WCCS superintendent Dr. Pat O’Connor said the board is an agency of the state and is required to enforce attendance.
Currently, there is a policy in the school district for attendance enforcement. If students have difficulty maintaining their attendance, there are steps the district takes to help with the problem.
Responsibilities fall to each individual school to track student attendance. If a child has a problem, parents or guardians will be notified in writing. If absences continue, the principal will request a conference with the parent.
After that step, if absences persist, a certified letter will be sent. The final step is that the Whitley County Prosecutor’s Office, Whitley County Department of Child Services and the Whitley County Probation Office may be notified if the problem does not cease. O’Connor said the final measure is only in the case of a high number of unexcused absences.
Attendance rates are also monitored. The rate at Columbia City High School was just above 95 percent last year, which is the target that it set.
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