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Waterloo Schools focus on student perfect attendance

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With the school year starting, administrators are focusing on perfect attendance with their students. According to attendanceworks.org, one in ten kids in kindergarten and 1st grade are chronically absent. 

Brittney Warnke is spending the last few days getting her classroom ready at Irving Elementary in Waterloo. 

"I had a majority of my kids come in and meet me last night that was really exciting," said Warnke.

Warnke says 27 kindergartners will enter her room come Monday morning. The goal is to keep them coming throughout the year.

"Last year I had one or two gone almost every day," said Warnke.

Administrators say attendance is a problem across the board. Research shows for every one day a kid misses, it can take up to two days to make it up.

"Math moves on. Reading moves on but it's important then that the child that might have missed a day is going to need some extra on the side. Whether it be at home or whether it be a small group that teacher kind of helps to fill in those gaps that they might have missed from the day before," said Amy Schmidt, Irving Elementary administrator. 

Inside the school there are posters hung up encouraging kids to go to school. Staff members also make home visits to the students who may be missing too many days.

"Sit down with the parents and problem solve a little bit and see what are the reasons. Is it transportation? Is there a medical issue going on that we may not know about," said Adriane Carlson, Family Support Worker. 

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