South Harrison Board Receives Presentation On Strategy To Reduce School Absenteeism

South Harrison school administrators provided presentations on some of strategies being used to improve the district’s attendance rate during a meeting held Monday night. The district is attempting to be proactive about attendance since school districts are penalized on their assessments if attendance rates are below 90 percent.

High School Principal Jason Slaughter says student attendance rates are being tied to eligibility for extracurricular activities. The practice has improved the attendance rate from 76 percent to 85 percent.

The South Harrison Middle School has increased their attendance rate by one percent per month. They are corresponding with parents and involving the counselor and student advocate.

The South Harrison Elementary school is also using correspondence. They are also attempting to reduce their tardiness. Student tardies are down from 50 to 39 recently.

South Harrison Superintendent Dennis Eastin provided updates on resources the school received from the School Safety Grant funding. Stop the Bleed kits will be in every classroom and office. Training will be done after Christmas. Safety film has been installed on the glass doors at South Harrison’s entrance areas to provide an extra layer of protection.

The visitor management system is on its way to the district. Training will be done once the system arrives.