Dallas Looking for 12,000 Students Who Didn’t Show Up to School

Roughly 12,000 students that Dallas ISD officials expected to be in class last week did not show up, district leaders estimate.

Administrators, desperate to help kids recover from COVID-19 disruptions, are working to track down missing students. They know they’re up against families’ fear of what it means to return to school amid a surge of coronavirus cases driven by the highly contagious delta variant.

Educators are calling families to say, “‘Hey, where’s my baby?’” H.I. Holland Elementary Principal Shanieka Christmas-McDonald said. “We’re really connecting with them in our conversations, letting them know we miss the student, we want to see them here and that we’re going to take care of them as much as we can.”

But that ongoing concern over the pandemic helped push the district to launch a limited online program for kids too young to receive the coronavirus vaccine and those who are medically fragile. More information about the missing Dallas ISD students can be found in this recent article of The Dallas Morning News.


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