School Absences can mean Loss of District Revenue
Each day students miss school makes a significant impact on their overall education, both instructionally and financially.
Each time one student misses a day can cost the district $35 in state funding, according to Round Rock ISD’s budget figures as of September 27. On an average day, roughly 1,800 RRISD students miss school, leading to a loss of approximately $63,555 a day.
Under the current funding formulas, a 1-percent increase in the district’s attendance rate could increase revenue by approximately $2.7 million.
Executive Director of Business Services Randy Staats said missing school not only costs the district funding butputs students behind their other peers who have not missed as many school days.
Title I Parent Programs Coordinator Maria Rosas Garcia talks to parents who attend the district’s monthly Conversations/Pláticas meetings about the importance of attendance. Pláticas provides information for parents in their native language.
“Basically we’re taking money away from our students if they miss too much school,” Rosas Garcia said. “It means less money for things like instructional materials.”
Even necessary things like doctor’s appointments can affect school funding if parents don’t understand certain processes.
If students have a doctor’s appointment during the day, must attend school before or after the appointment and bring a note, in order for the district to be eligible for its daily attendance funding, said RRISD PIEMS Coordinator Dennis Telas. “Good regular attendance is important because it funds our school programs,” Telas said.