Our school's enrollment is down, and attendance is lower than I've ever seen it. When I first started at my school, I routinely had between 25 and 30 students in my class each day. Now, I'm lucky if I get 12. Today, less than half of my students were in class, and last week the average was 55%. Now, the kids who are there every day are learning like FIENDS, but at this rate 45% of my kids are going to fail. So what gives?
Is attendance down at other schools? Anyone have any ideas? I've called home, posted notes in STARS (our student attendance and tracking system), and referred students to attendance counselors, but I'm not seeing much of a change. Is it some massive Rhee protest that no one's told us about?
I'm also getting a little annoyed with my students' parents. I've called the home of every kid in my classes, but haven't always had success in reaching parents. Apparently working phone numbers are a hot commodity. Even without a phone call, though, parents should be aware that their kids aren't in school. I've seen my students lie -- they aren't good at it. No homework, no assignments, no tests or grades or anything coming home -- you'd think parents would figure it out. So I'm frustrated, annoyed, and more than a little lonely. Where are my kids!?
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