Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Jack Martin paid a visit on Count Day, October 2, 2013, to Ralph J. Bunche Preparatory Academy, a school that saw significant enrollment successes during the district’s extensive summer enrollment campaign.
While the district and schools are offering a variety of incentives for Count Day, including a new initiative to improve attendance called “Eat to Win on Count Day,” Detroit Public Schools has made daily attendance a priority across the board.
DPS schools have implemented a new Attendance Policy focused on intervention; schools use a daily automated attendance calling system; and schools have new attendance awareness and incentive programs.
The results have been impressive, with DPS reaching state-mandated minimum levels of attendance by the second day of the school year, as compared to some years when that mark would not have been met until the third week of school.
“Strong attendance affects student academic achievement, safety, social and emotional growth, health and well-being, as well as school funding,” Martin said.
Get Schooled Attendance Campaign
As part of the back to school season, DPS is also partnering with Viacom and its social responsibility umbrella Viacommunity to host a Get Schooled Attendance Campaign specifically geared toward DPS students and their families, encouraging them to attend school all day, every day.
Through the nation-wide Get Schooled campaign, students across the country compete to win cool prizes simply by “checking in” on the Get Schooled webpage as they attend school daily.
New this year, Viacommunity has created a DPS-only Get Schooled campaign that will solely include schools within the District competing for the most check-ins.
The contest began on Friday, September 20 and will run through Friday, October 4. DPS students can visit the Get Schooled website,www.getschooled.com and “check-in” at their school from a desktop computer or mobile phone.
The school with the most daily check-ins will win a special in-school event from Paramount Pictures about the making of the new Transformers film, “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” in Detroit before it hits theaters next year.
Students who check-in on Count Day Wednesday, October 2, will receive double points.