Just look around the city on a school day and you'll likely see high school-age students hanging out. You may wonder why they are out of school. APS is doing more than just wondering, school administrators are asking students why they aren't in school and are taking positive steps to change their attendance habits.
On Saturday, Dec. 9, at 9 a.m., Gateway principal Linda Witulski will hold a special meeting to listen to students and learn what is keeping them out of class. Administrators at Gateway contacted parents of students who have been truant for more than 10 days and invited them to help find ways to increase their students’ attendance.
Truancy is a serious problem for students and schools. Aurora Public Schools and Gateway High School are working on solutions. "Our vision in Aurora Public Schools is to graduate every student with the choice to attend college. We can't do that if they do not attend classes. We want our students to know we care about them and their success," Gateway Principal Linda Witulski said.
Superintendent John Barry, Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates and Rev. Leon Kelly from Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives are scheduled to attend and will work with Gateway staff to offer positive solutions.