BALTIMORE — Students can’t do well in school if they don’t go to school.
Over the weekend, Baltimore City Public School staff members gathered at school headquarters to participate in a phone bank to call nearly 1,500 families of absent students. Administrators prioritize student attendance throughout the school year.
Families of pupils who frequently skip school are being contacted as staff have contacted parents and guardians of pupils who have had ten or more unjustified absences since the start of the school year four weeks ago.
In addition to the absent students, some students have not yet attended school this year. Baltimore City Public Schools staff are trying to reach these children and their parents to improve their chances of future success.
Dr. Tanya Crawford-Williams, coordinator of the Office of Student Conduct and Attendance at Baltimore City Public Schools, said: “It is important for their social and emotional skills, their learning, their connection with d ‘other adults and determine what they want to do in the future to become successful adults.’
Students with a good attendance record are more likely to have more success in life, such as graduating from college, better jobs, and better physical and mental health.
Going to school is also the law. In Maryland, all children between the ages of 5 and 18 must attend school.
An absence from school can be excused if a parent or guardian provides a note explaining the reason, such as a death in the family, illness, or a religious holiday.
Students who are absent for 10% or more of school days are considered chronically absent, while students who have missed more than 20% of school days without a legal reason are considered absent.
If staff determine that the school has made every effort to work with a family and provide support but a student continues to truant, administrators may file a lawsuit against the parent or guardian in the District Court. district.
The weekend phone bank was designed to prevent this from happening.
“It’s about partnering with parents. when we call, it’s not to punish or be punitive, it’s really to be a partner with parents to understand what they want from us,” Crawford-Williams said.
School administrators are calling on parents to get involved by staying in touch with their child’s teachers and checking in on their child’s attendance through the online parent portal.