FAIRFIELD — An attendance improvement initiative won unanimous approval Thursday by Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees after Fairfield Police Chief Walt Tibbet spoke in favor of the measure and read a letter from City Manager Sean Quinn backing the effort.
“I’ve often seen,” Tibbet said, “the lack of support, the lack of ability to succeed” commonly tracked to students leaving school. “We’re committed to helping make this work,” the police chief said of the city and the school attendance program.
He read from Quinn’s letter calling the attendance initiative a “cost-effective proposal that can pay for itself.”
Eight new positions known as attendance liaisons will be hired and work with Student Services, families and schools to address chronic absence and truancy.
Increasing attendance by 0.3 percent districtwide will allow the $300,000 program to pay for itself, according to the school district.
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