Oct 19, 2010 9:50 AM by Nichole Larkey
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The attendance rate for the first six weeks is up at every school in Calcasieu Parish, compared with the same period last year.
Keith LeLeux, director of child welfare and attendance, says that the increase can be directly attributed to the new state attendance requirements.
Under the new regulations, elementary and middle school students can't exceed 10 absences per year, and high students are allowed no more than five per semester before they are denied credit.
LeLeux said parish-wide attendance is 97.33 percent, up 2.06 percent. Vinton High had the biggest increase of all high schools with a 4.2 percent jump to 96.81 percent.
LeLeux said students must be in attendance 94 percent of the time.