Volunteers to Solicit District to Account for Thousands of Students Who Have Not Returned to Campus – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports


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POMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – The Broward County School District is on a mission after, they said, thousands of students fail to show up to class.

They are now doing a roll call in class.

Broward Teachers Union volunteers have filled resource bags for students who have not returned to school or are chronically absent.

“Since the pandemic, a number of students had to return to Broward County public schools, but did not do so, and we did not have a corresponding withdrawal code for them, so they could have gone to a private school or move out of the county but never informed the school district, ”said BCPS school board principal Ralph Aiello.

Educators say the COVID-19 pandemic has changed family dynamics for many households.

About 6,000 Broward County students are missing while about 5,000 others are excessively absent.

The school district wants to know why.

“We even partnered with a private company that is running a telephone canvassing campaign. We made over 11,000 phone calls. We were successful on about 27% of those calls, ”Aiello said. “We find that most families have chosen another educational program. They simply never informed the district of their departure. “

Over the weekend, more than 400 volunteers will visit approximately 6,000 homes across the county.

“They are there to help, prepare bags for our volunteers who come on Saturday and Sunday to help canvas all over the county for our students who have not been able to reconnect or who have not returned to school. “said Broward Teachers. Union president Anna Fusco.

The organization of the effort required a lot of manpower.

Volunteers from the American Federation of Teachers have come from all over the United States to help.

For educators, the cause is worth it.

“For children between the ages of 6 and 16, there is a state law that requires you to be enrolled in an educational institution,” Fusco said. “The best place to be is at school, on the school campus, with your classmates, with your teachers and all the support staff so you can have a full education. “

This weekend’s re-engagement blitz kicks off at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Broward Teachers Union.

The union said it hopes parents will pick up the phone and call the district to let them know their student’s whereabouts.

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