Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5 superintendent Cynthia Wilson, like all superintendents, wants her students to remain and excel in school. That’s why she launched the “Reach Out for Dropouts” program to recruit children back into the classroom.
On a recent Saturday, Wilson and 40 volunteers went door-to-door throughout the district trying to contact 35 students who have yet to show up for class this year. Six students re-enrolled the following Monday, showing definite signs the program is having success. The district’s dropout rate is 2.5%, slightly below South Carolina average.
Officials in the state are contemplating other means of getting students back to school too, including a bill that would revoke driving privileges for drop outs until they turn 18 years old. If passed, that bill is expected to go into effect in August 2013.
There are many tactics to help get students back into the classroom, which methods do your local school or district use? Feel free to share your experiences with us on our blog!