Steven Wasko at 313-873-4542
Kisha Verdusco at 313-873-4546
Detroit Public Schools is leading an effort to ensure all children in the city attend school on Monday April 26 and every day of the school year thereafter.
Dubbed “Attendance is Everyone’s Business,” the initiative is being spearheaded by the DPS offices of Parent and Community Engagement, Attendance/Code of Conduct and Safe and Drug Free Schools. The Detroit City Council has offered its support by declaring Monday April 26 “Attendance is Everyone’s Business Day” in Detroit.
On this day, parents, guardians and caregivers are asked to take their child or children to school and make sure they attend school every day after.
Furthermore, the district is asking all businesses in the city to adhere to the city’s Anti-Truancy Ordinance and refuse admittance or service to school-aged children during school hours.
DPS aims to reduce the drop-out rate and poor academic performance that stem from truancy by partnering with parents and other stakeholders to ensure students’ success. The district’s average high school daily attendance rate was 82 percent last school year.
The district will host several citywide parent meetings and rallies in coming weeks to develop strategies to help parents and students understand how being “on time and on task” at school has a direct benefit to their lives and the community at large.
A workshop with parents at Jamieson Elementary, 2900 W. Philadelphia St., will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday April 29. The group will discuss strategies for improving attendance.
A rally will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Friday April 30 at Paul Robeson Academy. Parents who attend will be introduced to their Local School of Record Parent Organization.
The district is working with the Wayne Mediation Center and Neighborhood Legal Services Michigan. For information, contact Attendance Officer George Eason at (313) 719-0092.