Charter Academy Celebrates 102 Days of Perfect Attendance

The 6th grade class at Richmond Charter Academy middle school achieved 102 days of consecutive attendance. Students went to Stanford on a surprise field trip on the 100th day. Parents helped with keeping the trip a secret. From left to right, front row: Sahira Cornejo, Julisa Ponce, Keili Gonzales, Cinthia Garcia, Alexia Montes; 2nd row: Kevin Vidrio, Andres Martinez, Miguel Noyola, Stephanie Romero, Erik Munoz, Eliana Cerda, Leslie Santillan, Maria Diaz; 3rd Row: Carlos Candelas , Alexis Beltran, Maceo Lopez, Luis Ruiz, Oscar Hurtado, Ulises Hurtado, Jose Hernandez, Evelin Guzman, Jennifer Sosa.

The 6th grade class at Richmond Charter Academy middle school has announced that it has reached the milestone of 102 consecutive days of perfect attendance.
“I am truly proud of my students, parents and teachers,” said Principal Evelia Villa, “We set lofty goals from the start, and through thick and thin, the 6th grade class demonstrated that goals can be accomplished as a team.”
As part of the celebration of the achievement, the 6th grade class earned a day at Stanford University to promote college readiness. The children had an opportunity to talk to Stanford professors and university students.
Richmond Charter Academy is one of four public charter schools in the East Bay that are part of the Oakland-based Amethod Public Schools.
Truancy rates among California public schools have been an ongoing challenge.   In January 2011, the state legislature passed a truancy law that says parents and guardians of chronically truant K-8 students can be found guilty of a misdemeanor and face imprisonment or a fine,
In West Contra Costa Unified School District, the 2010 truancy rate among K-8 grades was 70 percent.
The Richmond Academy serves a predominantly low-income and Latino student population, most of whom come from homes where parents do not have college degrees.
“We cannot be successful as a school, community or state if we continue to allow parents and children to miss school days for frivolous reasons,” said Jorge Lopez, CEO of Amethod Public Schools.
“Missing a few classes or days may seem insignificant to students, or families. However, each instructional lesson presented to students is based upon or related to those that just preceded it. Just as we can never regain a moment of time wasted, the child who misses a day of school also misses a day of education, which cannot be retrieved,” he said
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