CITY REDUCES CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

The PS 75 team greeting students as they arrive for school

Earlier this month, Sharon Otterman of the New York Times, reported on the reduction in chronic absenteeism that NYC public schools have seen this year, highlighting several of the targeted interventions that have had positive results. On Tuesday, June 14, she visited PS 75 to see first hand the services that our corps members are providing to improve attendance rates.

At P.S. 75, a hulking old school near an entrance ramp to the Bruckner Expressway, a dozen young adults in matching uniforms form a line between the school buses and the entrance door, greeting children with hugs, high-fives and sometimes stickers. They work for City Year, a federal program that places mentors in high-poverty schools… Shimee Housey, 12, a fifth grader who was frequently late last year, shyly accepted a rainbow sticker from Heather Slivko-Bathurst, 22, one of the [City Year] mentors, as he arrived at school. “They help kids gather up focus in class, and help us learn,” Shimee said.

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