Bibb school officials say students skipping school is a major problem
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)- Truancy in Macon is becoming a serious problem for Bibb County Schools.
“Here in Bibb County you can see clusters of kids in certain neighborhoods that haven’t been in school for days on and weeks and literally dropped out,” Deputy Superintendent Edward Judie Jr. said.
Judie has been battling this problem for years.
He’s seen some students in all grade levels, not just in high school, throwing away their books along with their futures.
According to the district’s handbook, when a student has seven unexcused absences, social services is called to investigate.
“Many of our students try to handle issues on their own we try to let them know you’re not alone, let us know whats going on, and we will work with you to see and if we can work it out,” said Angela Solomon, Coordinator of Bibb County Schools Social Services.
Truancy officer Rhoda Batieste took me on a ride along.
We drove through some neighborhoods where we saw several students hanging out when they should be at school.
“Students will skip school and hang in a cut house, where they get into drugs and gangs,” Baptieste said. “I drive around and get to know the communities, then try to talk with parents and students.”
In the Fort Hill Community, there used to be a truancy center, where school officials would encourage students to go back to class.
It is now abandoned.
Truancy Officer Bastieste says there have been several reports of breakins.
These incidents has caused the district needing more truancy officers.
Bibb County School Officials are working on a plan to hire more people so that they can help more students.