Schools Hitting the Streets to Get Students to Come Back to School

By Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND/ODESSA - Three weeks into the new school year and there are still students who haven't set foot in the classroom. Midland and Odessa schools have a plan to get their kids back behind the desk.

Every year, there are always some students who decided not to enroll back in school for different reasons. In effort to get these kids back, school officials are going door to door to get these kids and bring in the classroom.

"We go one at a time and make contact them and let them know of the legal requirements. We want to convince them pursue high school diploma again," Gregory Nelson, Assistant Principal at Permian High School, said.

That's what Midland and Odessa ISD will be doing.  Midland will start knocking on doors this Saturday and Odessa will start on Monday. They're trying to track down kids not attending school.

"A lot of different reasons, students don't go back to school some because of work or they have children or because of their families. They just fall behind and its hard to imagine finishing school," Nelson said.

The high schools have made a list of the students that did not come back to school from last year.

"We want to make sure all kids are attending school and get high school diploma so they have a better way of life," Deborah Acosta, Midland ISD At-Risk/ Dropout Prevention, said.

Sometimes students have moved to another city or they just think it's impossible to graduate but schools just want to let the students know there is a way.

"Yes it's hard, yes it's struggling, there is a great benefit at the end, there is a high school diploma," Acosta said.

Students have until the last Friday of September to enroll in school, after that the state considers them a drop out.

NewsWest 9 also spoke with the Big Spring School District and currently they do not have programs to go out and bring students back to school.