Statement from Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal on Immigrant Out Day
The following is a statement from Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal regarding student attendance at Grand Rapids Public Schools today:
“As we all know, today was national Immigrant Out Day. While the district was proactive in sending out communications to encourage student attendance, we did experience a large number of students and parents exercising their rights by participating in the Immigrant Out Day.
We will not have final numbers until midnight, but it does appear likely that we will not meet the 75% student attendance threshold to count today as an instructional day. In essence, that means it will be counted like a snow day. We have five days total to use until we are required to make up days later in the year. We have used two snow days this year already.
Schools with the highest absences, mostly around 50%, include Buchanan Elementary, Cesar E. Chavez Elementary, Westwood Middle, Harrison Park School, Burton Elementary, Burton Middle, Union High, Innovation Central High, and SWCC.
There will be a round of robo calls, text messages, emails, and social media later today to parents reminding them of the importance of student attendance, our Strive for Five attendance campaign, and the direct correlation between student attendance and academic achievement, with a message urging 100% attendance on Friday.
We certainly honor and respect our students and parents who participated in this national event. Now, it’s back to school time! So I am calling on all parents and guardians to join me in helping to ensure our kids are back to school tomorrow.”