MISD Tries To Stop "No-Shows" This Year, looks To Increase Attendance

MISD Tries To Stop "No-Shows" This Year, looks To Increase Attendance

The school year just started, but MISD isn't taking any chance when it comes to "no-shows" this year.
MIDLAND, TX (Local Big 2 News) -- The school year just started, but MISD isn't taking any chances when it comes to student no-shows this year.

"I think it's important because it'll help you build a good career for the future," said Midland High School Junior Chad Schmidt.

Junior Chad Schmidt has a perfect attendance record, and he doesn't plan on missing school anytime soon.

"It helps me to become a better person in life," said Schmidt.

Unfortunately, the same can't be said about the rest of the students in the Midland Independent School District as attendance rates are down.

"Our two senior high schools do have a little bit lower attendance rate than our other campuses," said Student Services Executive Director Teresa Moore.

So this year, they've decided to take preventative measures to stop truancy.

"We're being a little bit more proactive on how we monitor our students with truancy issues," said Lead Student Attendance Officer Tony De La Rosa.

Step one is to inform parents of school attendance laws.

"We'd like to offer parents as much information about the consequences of missing too much school from the beginning of the year," said Moore.

Consequences some students would be shocked to learn.

"If you've had truancy issues in the previous year, then the state can keep you from getting a drivers license," said Moore.

Students also run the risk of, "Not receiving credit for that course or not receiving a final grade for that course," said Moore.

So the bottom line is simple.

"We want every child in class everyday," said Moore.

Something Schmidt hopes will make Midland High School a better campus.

"We need to make sure that we are there, to raise our attendance rate and become one of the best in the sate," said Schmidt.
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