APRIL SCS ATTENDANCE REPORT OF 97% INDICATES INCREASING AWARENESS OF PARENT'S RESPONSIBILITY The cumulative attendance report, for March, was 96%; for April the report was 97%. In March, there were 2,570 Excused Absences and in April the report was 1,480. Excused tardies dropped from 161 to 91 and unexcused tardies dropped from 5,158, in March to 2,965 in April. School District Suspensions for March were 691 and for the last reporting month, were down to 385. School District enrollment was at 4,817 students for the period. As the attendance numbers decreased, the Student Services Report indicated an increase in parental/home contact. There were 147 Home Visits by Social Workers in March and 160 in April. The number of phone calls from all schools increased from 134 to 155 for the month. In March 2012, 18 Truancy Cases were turned over to DFACS and in April, there were 25 cases. During the same period, 8 cases were continued to Magistrate Court. In April, 11 cases were continued. In March, there were 3 state court cases and in April, there were 4.
"With these improving indicators, it is becoming more aware that parents and guardians are learning that attendance to school is a priority for students. I regret that more attention is being drawn to parents but they are expected to see that their children attend school each day. Attendance is one of five components of the AYP scores. We must pay more attention to the presence of students in our classrooms," said Coach Jimmy Green, Attendance Office for Sumter County Schools.
For April 2012, each school's report averaged for a 97% attendance for the month. That number was an increase of 1% over March 2012. For the month, Sarah Cobb reported a 98% attendance, Cherokee Elementary, Sumter County Elementary, Staley Middle School, Sumter County Middle, and Americus-Sumter North Campus had 97% attendance. Sumter County Primary reported a 96% attendance and Americus-Sumter South Campus had a 95% attendance for the month.
At Cherokee Elementary, Principal Dr. Wanda Jackson, meets with eight of her 45 students who have Perfect Attendance for the 2012 year. "I am proud of these young students at Cherokee. There were 21 in first grade and 24 in kindergarten. This level of education is a great time for these children to learn the importance of good school attendance," said Dr. Jackson. From left, Coach Jimmy Green, Lakeadria Davis, Hannah Lindy, Ashton Sims, LaVaris Milledge, Karon Keita, Legan Durham, Reginald Hinton, Broolyn Hinton, Adriala Lane and Dr. Wanda Jackson.