LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy attended a press conference Sept. 14 at Hollywood High School about improving student attendance.
“We had the highest attendance rate in LAUSD history last year,” said Deasy. “We’ve made a lot of improvements over the past few years.”
Also speaking was school board member Steven Zimmer, and Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti. Both men represent the Hollywood area.
On this day, a group of workers for LAUSD went from house to house and made phone calls to students who have stopped showing up to school without a reason. “We did a total of 83 home visits and recovered 27 students on that day. We also made a total of 168 phone calls,” said Jenny Liu, graduation project counselor.
Noyra Benitez, a graduate from San Fernando High School, spoke about how she got helped on student recovery day a few years back and how the counselors got her back on track. “To know that there are programs like these for people who lose hope, is great,” she said. ”It was hard, but I knew the outcome would be worth it.”
This program offers students a chance to win prizes that are awarded monthly if they attend school. Seniors are eligible for a brand new car. The school district hopes to improve attendance with this program and achieve at least a 96% attendance rate.