CHARLES TOWN — The Jefferson County Board of Education attendance rates for last year was 98.98 percent, an impressive number thought the West Virginia Supreme Court, which lauded the county Tuesday for having the second highest rate, behind only Ohio County at 98.85 percent.
“We have been working very hard on this,” said superintendent Susan Wall.
“Attendance is something we’ve been working very hard on. I must credit a lot of people – parents, students, teachers, principals.”
Jefferson County Schools attendance director Sherry Hall credits interventionist Stacey Catro with her research on student problems, where she uncovers such issues as homelessness, medical and dental issues or even lack of school clothing or supplies. All of which can be an excuse for a student not to attend school.
“She follows up when she sees they have missed too many excused and unexcused days,” Hall said.
Wall said all personnel are trained to look out for students who are struggling.
“We have done a systemwide education with our staff to help our students become a success,” Wall said. Statistics on attendance were sent to the counties Tuesday from the West Virginia Department of Education in Charleston.
“We couldn’t be more proud,” Wall said.