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Door-to-Door to Fight School Truancy
The school year hasn't started yet, but already Rochester schools are trying to make sure attendance is up. On Thursday, staff members and volunteers visited the homes of young children who've missed several school days in previous school years. The volunteers delivered packets of information about the school calendar, and how to get school supplies. "There's a lot of research to show that students who miss a lot of school, particularly in the younger years, are at a high risk of dropping out and being part of the criminal justice system later in their life," says volunteer Chuck Allan. "It's part of a larger initiative that the community will hear about. They will be seeing campaigns around attendance." According to RCSD, more than 10,000 students in grades K-12 were chronically absent last year. School starts September 3rd.