AUGUST STUDENT ATTENDANCE TOPS 98% IN SUMTER COUNTY SCHOOLS Coach Jimmy Green, School Attendance Officer for Sumter County Schools, smiled as he shared the August 2011 District Attendance Report during a recent administrative meeting.
"Our attendance team has a goal of 99% for attendance in Sumter County Schools. We are not there yet but more students, parents and responsible adults are learning of the importance of school attendance. If you are not at school, you cannot learn. Our report numbers are looking better and better," said Coach Green.
For August 2011, there were 98 Home Visits by Social Workers and Attendance Officers. Only 91 phone calls from all schools had to be made and 75 letters were mailed to parents or guardians of students. From August 1, 2011-August 21, 2011, there were 2,800 Excused Absences and 5,882 Unexcused Absences. There were 181 Excused Tardies and 4,431 Unexcused Tardies. For the month there were 404 suspensions with an enrollment of4,966.
The percentage of attendance by school indicated that Staley Middle School and Americus-Sumter North Campus led the district with 99% attendance. Cherokee, Sarah Cobb Elementary, and Sumter County Elementary reported 98% attendance and Sumter County Primary, Sumter County Middle and Americus-Sumter High South Campus reported at 97% attendance for the month.
"Each month, school principals try to out do the previous month. With this internal challenge, our numbers will improve even more. With increased attendance in our schools, the academic reports should be better," said Green.
Gathered in Board Room A of Sumter County Schools' Central Office, standing from left, Mr. Donnie Smith, Associate Superintendent of Sumter County Schools, Mr. Stephen Woodson, Attendance Officer for the 3rd District Court, Interim Americus City Police Chief, Mark Gerbino, Col. Eric Bryant of the Sumter County Sheriff's Dept, MAJ. Joseph Monts and seated, Coach Jimmy Green, Sumter County Schools Attendance Officer, Judge Lisa Lane of the Sumter County Juvenile Court, and Dr. Roy Brooks, Sumter County Schools' Superintendent