Attendance Policy Holds Students Accountable to Get to Class

Grand Island Senior High is taking a proactive approach on attendance, and its goal is to get kids to school and on time.

Now they are held responsible and one student says the new policies and social worker turned her studies around completely so she can graduate.

Janie Mcclellen is now on track to graduate, but that wasn't always the case.

"I thought I was going to be a failure I thought I was going to have a low income job for my career and that I wasn't going to graduate," said Janie McClellen.

She says she wasn't motivated to come to school, until attendance policies changed, making students more responsible for tardiness and ditching class.

Probably the most affective motivation is a newly hired social worker at the school that showed up at her door.

"She helped me get back up on my feet," said McClellen.

Social worker Ann Greving Brown watches over about 2100 students at the school.

She tracks attendance patterns and works with staff to find out which students are late or not in school at all.

She says students have mixed feelings about the proactive approach.

"At first they don't like me at all and they're like stay out of my life, and say please don't stalk me," commented Social Worker Ann Greving Brown.

Students who are late are not required to check in at the office any more, rather go straight to class and the teacher records the tardiness.

If it becomes a habit or a student is missing too much, then Greving Brown works to correct the problem.

"By in large the students really understand when I tell them how much we care about them we want them to graduate," said Greving Brown.

Its that motivation Janie says has her on the right track to graduate.

"And when I get down and want to give up she encourages me to keep going," said McClellen.


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