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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Bullitt County Public Schools say student attendance there has reached a new high -- 95 percent for the 2011-2012 school year.
The school district says that's the highest percentage of attendance in at least the last 31 years. The previous percentage was 94.67 percent for the 2010-2011 school year.
Bullitt County Schools have been encouraging and enforcing attendance in several ways, including both automated and personal calls, letters, home visits, student and parent conferences, and referrals to Family Resource staff or other counselors.
If students still don't get to school, the district involves the courts, though that is considered a last resort.
The district says students who are absent are more likely to drop out. One factor is most important in making sure students get to school, according to Director of Pupil Personnel Pat Smith-Darnell: "Parents are the key, the first step, the primary force in getting their children to school every day...Some days it is a struggle but parents are preparing children for work and for life. Parents are helping children see the importance of school, planning time to discuss what happens at school, and working to ensure their children are prepared and ready for school each day."
From Bullitt County Public Schools: District Adjusted Average Daily Attendance Report
Superintendent's Annual Attendance Report (SAAR) Year