Rochester, NY -- The Rochester City School District is crediting its monthly truancy blitzes with a slight increase in average attendance.
The district says average daily attendance this year is 90.2 percent -- compared to 89.4 percent last year -- an increaase of roughly 200 students in class per day.
But the district says it needs more volunteers to help conduct the blitzes and reach out to families with children who are chronically absent. Roughly 5,500 children have missed at least 10 class days so far this school year.
During the blitzes, volunteers visit homes where children have been missing school to determine the needs of the family.