PRESS RELEASE BY CHAMBERS COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

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By David L. Bell, Public Relations Director, Chambers County School District

TRUANCY OFFICER HELPS REDUCE SCHOOL ABSENTEEISM

LaFAYETTE – During the 2017-18 school year, the Chambers County School District was experiencing unacceptably high absenteeism at virtually every school. These attendance issues made a negative impact on the school district’s State Report Card in 2017 because chronic absenteeism was added as a major factor in determining performance scores.

 

“Prior to the beginning of the 2018-19 school year, the Chambers County Board of Education authorized the expenditure of state at-risk funds to hire a local truancy and attendance officer,” said school superintendent Dr. Kelli Hodge. “Deputy Davidson from the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office then joined our staff in this capacity, and the results have been amazing.”

 

“Overall, the district decreased the number of absences in students with chronic absenteeism by 3,970 days,” Hodge added. “That equates to 23,820 additional instructional hours for students who were chronically absent the previous year.”

 

Chronic absenteeism is defined by the Alabama Department of Education as 15 or more excused or unexcused absences within a single school year.

 

Listed below is a breakdown of the decrease reflected by individual schools.

 

SCHOOL                                                        2017-18                       2018-19

 

Bob Harding-Shawmut Elementary               20.89%                        16.4%

LaFayette Eastside Elementary                      18.62%                        14.19%

Fairfax Elementary                                         14.9%                          10.87%

Five Points School                                          16%                             11.08%

Huguley Elementary                                       12.66%                        12.3%

J. P. Powell Middle School                               16.44%                            9%

W. F. Burns Middle School                               16.09%                          12.13%

LaFayette Lanier Elementary                         13.58%                        8.3%

LaFayette High School                                   18.07%                        17.28%

Valley High School                                         21.14%                        18.02%

 

District-Wide                                                  16.93%                        13.8%

 

“We are very pleased with the accomplishments of this effort thus far,” said Hodge. “With Deputy Davidson’s continued assistance, we look forward to further reductions in our chronic absenteeism rate during the coming school year.”

 

 

 

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