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Sumter County Schools crack down on absent students

February 12, 2008

Americus-  The Sumter County School System isn't taking excuses, they want students in class.

After failing to meet the annual yearly progress standard one year because of absenteeism the district developed an Attendance Support Team. The team targets parents who repeatedly fail to get their kids to school. The team is so dedicated about getting students to class that the attendance officer makes house calls on the weekend.

"I work on my own, like on Saturday and sometimes on Sunday. I go out and talk with the parents and tell them how important it is for the kids to come to school and sometimes parents don't like for you to come to the house on Sunday but I feel as a citizen of Sumter County, I want their kids to succeed," said Jimmy Green, Sumter County Attendance Officer.

If absences continue parents can be taken to court and so far two parents have been jailed. The team has made a difference, the district's absentee rate has gone from 80 to 96 percent.

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