Southeast Texas district leaders are working on tracking down hundreds of students who are enrolled but have not yet participated in virtual or in-person learning this year.
Beaumont ISD Superintendent Shannon Allen discussed the issue during a virtual town hall sponsored by 100 Black Men of Greater Beaumont Tuesday night.
“We are still looking for many students who have … chosen face-to-face learning, but haven’t shown up,” Allen said. “We are calling parents. Our administrators are looking for parents and looking for our kids.”
The problem is not unique to Beaumont or Southeast Texas.
Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath, who also participated in the town hall Tuesday, said the problem is seen across the state but is improving.
“We are actively monitoring the attendance situation,” Morath said. “But we are seeing an increase every four weeks.”
Despite those increases, however, BISD is down 936 students from this time last year,