New OKCPS program hopes to boost classroom attendance

OKLAHOMA CITY- More than 40,000 Oklahoma City Public School students are expected to head to class in two weeks.

That deadline has many district officials thinking about ways to make sure students stay in the classroom.

Kari Springer, Oklahoma City Public School Superintendent, said, “During the 2012-2013 school year, 76 percent of the students expected to attend school showed up on the first day. We want parents and students to know the serious consequences of missing school and how good attendance leads to academic improvement.  Being in school on the first day and every day is important; we cannot teach our students if they are not in school.”

“HERE! First Day. Every Day.” is a campaign to promote the start of school and rewards students for good attendance.

Tierney Tinnin, OKCPS Media Services Director, said, “Middle and high school students with perfect attendance for the first full week will earn a free dress day in August that will be decided by their school principal. Each elementary school principal is planning a special party or event for the students who attend school the first 5 days.”

To encourage regular attendance throughout the school year, the Oklahoma City Thunder has provided every middle and high school in the district with Thunder branded headphones.

Those headphones will be raffled off to students with good attendance.

Schlegel Bikes and American Fidelity have provided each elementary school with four bikes that will be raffled off during the school year.

Springer stopped by our studios to talk about the program with our own Linda Cavanaugh.