Truancy Troubles

The attendance rate in the Rockford schools has hovered just below 93 percent during the last two years, below the 94 percent state average.

Schools have consequences for students who continually miss class, and Assistant Superintendent Linda Hernandez says the district is working on the possibility of instituting an alternative high school and middle school next year for truant students.
Administration leaders say chronic truancy usually starts around 9th grade, so it's at the middle school level that school leaders start focusing on children who have the potential to become truant.

By continuing to stress the importance of education, school leaders are hoping to keep the school halls flowing with students that are eager to learn.