Trick or Skip? School Attendance Low Day After Halloween 10/31/13
CBS 7 News Reporter
October 31, 2013
Midland - It is Halloween and many children are taking part in the fall festivities.
School districts say they see trouble associated with the holiday; you'd be surprised to know the most trouble comes the day after.
School officials say the trouble with Halloween is, a lot of students don't show up to class the next day, which can lead to bigger problems down the road.
The hallways may be crowded today, but tomorrow will likely be a different story.
"We have a lot of students going to the nurses office with tummy aches and then some that don't come at all," Bonnie Smith, Bush Elementary School principal said.
While sleeping off "trick-or-treating" may sound like a good idea, Teresa Moore, Executive Director of Student Services for Midland ISD says other wise.
"It's difficult to learn things after the fact," she said.
She says the curriculum has changed so much over the years, missing even one day isn't good.
"There's new material being taught every single day. It's going to impact the next day if you miss that day," Moore said. "The more you miss, the harder it is to make up."
"Every day is so important for them to be here so they can keep up," Smith said.
Though every chair may not be filled tomorrow, school will carry on as usual. Moore says missing will only hurt the students in the long.
If missing school becomes a habit, the student can lose credit or receive no final grade.