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Albany schools focus on attendance

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  The Dougherty County School Board will create a special committee to look at the issue of attendance in the Dougherty County Schools.

School administrators have struggled to get students to come back to school after summer break. In the first week of classes, one school's attendance fluctuated by as much as 250 students.

Now the board wants to see what changes they can make to their policy to require students to show up on the first day.

"I personally think the policy should be quite clear," said DCSS Board Chairman David Maschke. "It's basically common sense to me when school starts they should be in the classroom and families and students shouldn't have the option of what day they're going to start school."

The committee will consist of board members Velvet Riggins. Rev. James Bush, and Board Chairman David Maschke.

The committee will look at the issue over the next 60 days. The state doesn't require a school system to start counting a student absent until they actually attend for the first time.

 

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