Transitioning from middle school to high school can be a difficult time in a young person’s life. Last year, Jessica was an eighth-grader at an academic middle school in San Francisco. Challenged by family instability and little adult supervision, she missed almost half of her eighth-grade year. Read More
Educators often note that how a student does in ninth grade is a good indicator of whether he or she will graduate from high school. And showing up for class is a critical part of that. Read More
Angel Carvajal has heard all the excuses.
Some students just feel like taking a day off. They oversleep. The bus is running late.
“Muni’s a big one,” Carvajal said. “Muni makes a lot of kids late.”
The student adviser at Everett Middle School in the Mission district is in charge of making sure kids are in class every day. Carvajal tells them there are only three valid excuses for being late or missing school: illness, a death in the family or a family emergency. Read More
Kids in San Francisco bolted from high school at a much higher rate last year than the year prior, according to data released by the California Department of Education — but officials in The City might have the answer for keeping them in class. Read More
A sheriff’s office can lawfully assist local schools with enforcing attendance laws without a court order, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has ruled.
The official advisory opinion was issued in response to an inquiry from Sheriff B.J. Roberts of the City of Hampton. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom will start asking local merchants to rat on kids who are seen around town during school hours as part of his aggressive plan to curb class cutting.
His first stop today: The Inner Mission, a hot spot for truant students, with many enrolled in neighborhood schools, including Mission and John O’Connell high schools, saidHydra Mendoza, the mayor’s education adviser. Read More
With the school year only two weeks away, roughly 56,000 students are expected to flood the doors of San Francisco campuses. However, at least 9,000 will stay away.
They are the kids who are chronically or habitually truant. Read More
District 8 Supervisor Bevan Dufty will hold a hearing Thursday on the truancy initiatives being used by the San Francisco Unified School District and The City.
The hearing will address the effectiveness of current programs and the direction of future initiatives. Also, the new Truancy Assessment and Referral Center and Bayview CARES Center will be discussed. Read More
High absenteeism in elementary schools has come into focus as the San Francisco Unified School District loses hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in state funding. Read More
Joe did not show up for school last Monday. And he didn’t show up Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday. No one from his family called to say he was going to be out. Joe is only 8 years old. Yet in the first few weeks of the school year, he simply did not show up to school more than a dozen times. Read More