PSJA Tracks Down Missing Students, Asking Them To Return To School

Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 8:10am

LAS MILPAS - The PSJA school district is working to find all the students that didn't return from last year. To do this, school volunteers hit the streets, knocked on doors and did anything they could to find the remaining few still missing.  On Saturday, we went along with one group that was searching for student Elsa Sanchez. 

Five days later, the school community liaison, finally gets an opportunity to sit down with Sanchez and tell her the school district refuses to give up on her. 

"We want you to return back to school, we want you to come back," said Estela Franco, PSJA Community Liaison.

Franco listens as Sanchez explains why she didn't return.

"Well because I need to work, and I did want to go back to school, but I have bills to pay," said Elsa Sanchez, 19, PSJA Student.

The need to work, child care, and a recent move to a neighboring city, were all reasons for her decision. But Franco knows the school district can provide a solution to those issues.

"We are going to try to help Elsa with day care, and we also have a flex schedule," said Franco.

Flex schedule is when administrators adjust the students school schedule, so they can work and attend school. And transcripts show Sanchez isn't far from graduating.

"I believe she needs seven or eight credits and her tax test," said Franco.

Sanchez is just one example of many students not back at school.

At the beginning of the school year, there were 866 students unaccounted for in the district. After the first walk, that number dropped to 800 students. After the second walk, it went down to 343 students.

There's only one walk left, and district volunteers are working to bring 343 to 0.

If you are interested in helping, please contact PSJA's Pupil Accounting Department at 956-354-2028.

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