Proviso High Schools Partners with Faith Community to Encourage Every Student to Be in School Every Day
February 26, 2016 08:30 AM
Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is partnering with the Proviso Township Ministerial Alliance Network (PTMAN) to stress the importance of regular school attendance and to encourage Every Student to be in school Every Day.
The Illinois School Code requires parents/guardians of students between the ages of 6 and 17 to ensure their students are in school every day. Students are considered chronically truant if they are absent without valid cause for at least 5 percent of the preceding 180 school days. This equals only nine absences per year, or about one absence per month.
"Students need to be in school every day to learn," said Mr. Dan Johnson, director of truancy prevention and alternative programs for District 209. "When students are in school every day, they are able to participate in the learning activities in their classes, they are better connected to the school, and they have access to the services and the supports available to them if they need them."
Through the partnership with PTMAN, District 209 is working with faith-based communities to encourage the families and members of their congregations to encourage their youth to attend school every day and to help spread the message about the importance of regular school attendance.
Bishop Dr. Reginald Saffo, chairman of PTMAN and pastor of United Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Maywood, said that the partnership will help to encourage chronically truant students to achieve their potential.
"I think it’s an important collaboration to encourage our youth to have greater attendance," he said. "Hopefully we can inspire them to not only attend but attain."
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that she believes in the potential of the students and that she was grateful for the community support.
"Our students are bright and capable, and to achieve academically, they need to be in class," she said. "I am thankful for the partnerships that we are building to realize the great potential of all of our students."
If you are the parent or guardian of a student in District 209 who is struggling with attendance, please contact us so we can work together to help your student. Contacts for each school are:
Proviso East High School
Mr. Frank Aguirre, Assistant Principal
Proviso West High School
Ms. Latoya McIntosh, Assistant Principal
Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy
Mr. William Breisch, Assistant Principal
Proviso Township High Schools District 209
Mr. Dan Johnson, Director of Truancy Prevention and Alternative Programs