St. Louis schools push to increase first day attendance

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) –St. Louis public school classes begin Monday so city leaders are putting on a big push to improve attendance.

Teachers, administrators, and juvenile court officers are going door to door in city neighborhoods to drive home the message that keeping kids out of class causes long term problems.

Last year's first day attendance was 81%. Meaning 5,000-6,000 kids didn't go to school on the first day.

"They can't learn if they're not in school...and stay engaged," said Dr. Kelvin Adams, St. Louis Schools Superintendent.

Besides the door to door effort, St. Louis schools are also going into several churches this Sunday, using radio, TV ads, and even social media to reach parents and students that school starts Monday.

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