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Attendance Officers Work to Keep Kids in School

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LAS VEGAS -- Parents who let their children skip school can be charged with a misdemeanor. But, in many cases, parents probably don't know their children are out of school and that is where attendance enforcement officers can help.

Those officers with the school district crisscross southern Nevada every day looking for students who are not in class. They say Fridays are the most common day for skipping school. On that day, officers will select a particular school zone to focus on and look for truants.  

"On a day-to-day basis, we are checking addresses, knocking on doors, we pound the pavement daily," attendance enforcement officer Mary Mumphrey said.

Mumphery says most of the kids she finds skipping school are using drugs, but she's also found students from all kinds of backgrounds with all kinds of reasons for being out of school.

"We encounter students under the influence. We get called out to house parties," Mumphrey said. "We run into honor roll students who just decided: 'let's try it today. I want to see what it feels like.' And you run into students who just refuse to go to school.

Mumphery believes she is an extra resource for parents who need help keeping their kids on the right track.  That is why these full-time officers work so hard to get kids off the street and back into class.

"Sometimes parents need some assistance," Mumphery said. "It is like saying, we won't give up on your child as long as you don't give up on your child."

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