May 19, 2017 10:50 a.m.
Officials with the Winston Dillard School District are getting ready to unveil a plan they hope will boost attendance.
The effort is called “Strive for 5 Days or Less Absent” campaign. The program will be funded by local grants and donations and has gained momentum from community partners, according to Rob Boye’, the Winston Dillard Director of Instructional Services.
Boye’ says the idea is to get students, parents, business and all community partners excited about a campaign that ultimately benefits everybody within the community.
The program is based on a challenge that started in Grand Rapids, Michigan and reportedly brought down chronic absence rates there by 25 percent over three years.
Student leaders from Douglas High School will hold an assembly next Tuesday afternoon to explain more about the program to students and staff. Other presentations will be place in the coming days as well.
Administrators hope the program will prove effective enough to carry it forward in successive years. Specific details on how the incentive works have not yet been released.