Created: 01/18/2014 10:09 PM WHEC.com
The Rochester City School District is once again going after students who are missing classes with an emphasis on African American young men.
The District held what it calls a "Reach-Out Blitz" Saturday. Volunteers and school officials stopped by the homes of students, trying to encourage them to come to school regularly.
Saturday’s focus was on students who have missed more than 20 days of school so far this year.
"If young people are not going to school and they're not receiving the necessary education and the requisite skills to receive and retain a job, it would be really hard to live a real good-quality life,” said Dr. Leonard Brock, Executive Director for the Children’s Agenda.
“People need to know that there are people in this community that care and by these folks being out here on a Saturday, this shows that they care,” said Malik Evans, Rochester City School District.
District officials say on any given day more than 2,800 students are not in school, and more than 6,600 hundred students are chronically absent, meaning they've already missed more than 10-percent of the school year.