Student attendance numbers has WISD leaders concerned

Student attendance through the Waxahachie ISD is the lowest in years.

Supervisor Jerry Hollingsworth understands why this is happening, but said it remains a concern.

During a WISD Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, Hollingsworth shared data to show area enrollment numbers, average attendance, and average daily attendance (ADA).

Hollingsworth said the district’s attendance rate through the end of October was 94.4 percent. This is the lowest level in at least the last four years and is down from 94.7 in the 2020-21 school year.

“This is not where we want to be,” Hollingsworth said.

He cited the 2019-20 academic year as WISD’s attendance rate of nearly 97 percent.

“It would be more than 96 percent as a good area,” Hollingsworth said after the meeting. “And we would like some universities to reach 98 percent. It wouldn’t be unusual to see us at this level.”

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