Port Jervis School District officials are launching a new campaign aimed at cracking down on students chronically absent from school. Our Meredith Zaritheny has more on how school officials plan on using signs posted throughout the district to get their point across.
DEERPARK N.Y. -- "The students have to be in class to be able to learn," said Thomas Bongiovi, Port Jervis School District Superintendent.
You could say it's a sign of the times in the Port Jervis School District.
"They're going to see these signs where it has what the school hours are and again, we want to create a positive bandwagon effect," said Superintendent Bongiovi.
Superintendent Bongiovi calls these signs behind me a "great visual" and "in your face." It's that approach that he hopes will get parents and students attention and improve attendance across the district.
With about 3,000 students enrolled in the district, Superintendent Bongiovi says attendance is typically around 90 percent, which he says is great. But parents and students must work harder to make school a priority.
"The program is good because they're going to know that they have to be at school, they can't skip school and be a slacker," said Karl Brabenec, Hamilton Bicentennial Elementary School Student.
Superintendent Bongiovi says he also wants to get the courts and police involved in the process so they can help the school district go after the parents who are not sending their children to school.
"So parents if they're still not in compliance I'd love to see us go after parents for education neglect," said Superintendent Bongiovi.