Attendance records for CNY schools force new methods Attendance records for CNY schools decline

By Josh Liepper SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)

A new list has been released where schools are ranked based on attendance records in the Central NY area.

Lafayette Central School District ranked #11 in the attendance record rankings, but Belfield has implemented new strategies to improve the district’s record by recognizing students who attend class on a regular basis. The district’s high school had what Belfield called “attendance wars” in which the class who came in first place received a prize.

Belfield knew he needed to do something to fix the attendance records when he took over as superintendent two years ago.

“That was a conversation that did come up when I was coming on board with the district about some attendance concerns relative to our district,” Belfield says.

Teachers voiced their frustrations to Belfield and the rest of the district administrators regarding student attendance.

“Some of the concerns that were voiced from staff were largely due to students not coming to school or not coming to school on time,” Belfield explained.

Michela Del Rio thinks it is necessary for her child to go to school every day. Del Rio believes the parents are to blame for the poor records.

“(The children) definitely need someone to lead them. It should be the parents job to make sure their attending school everyday,” Del Rio says.

The rankings were made by the NYS Department of Education and contain attendance rates as high as 89% to as low as 73%.

(Track 1)

Three High Schools in Central New York have attendance rates below 90%. Lafayette Central School District Superintendent, Jeremy Belfield wants to improve his school’s rate, which is 84%.

(SOT #1)

“We did a program called attendance wars where the different grade levels had a competition to see who can be in attendance the most number of days in a week or a month and each grade level would win a prize.”

(Track 2)

Michela Del Rio has a child of her own and believes it’s important for kids to be in school.

(SOT #2)

“It’s important for them to be going to school because that’s the only way they get their education.”

(Track 3)

Lafayette High School ranks #11 on the list. The lowest attendance rate on the list was 73%.

Josh Liepper… N-C-C News

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