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Tulsa Public Schools administrators search for missing students

Posted at 6:52 PM, Sep 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-12 19:52:41-04

TULSA -- Tulsa Public School administrators went to great lengths Monday to get missing students back in school, even going door-to-door.

Roughly 300 students are missing from Tulsa schools, so district officials are taking action to put them back in class.

Administrators say they have been able to locate several students via social media or by asking friends of the students. Now, they are taking further action and knocking on doors to make sure students are back in school.

Nathan Hale High School principal Dr. Sheila Riley says she's determined to find the missing students who never showed up for school this year.

"We started with about a 100, roughly estimating, and we have  located all but about 36 so we're out knocking on doors."

Tulsa Public School administrators say there are many factors for why students aren't attending school. Among the reasons, students may have moved during the summer, or are unaware of their graduation options.

"The focus though is really on getting those 9th grade coherts cleaned up so we can get ahead of the game in terms of having them all back in school. And then also the seniors in terms of this years graduation rate," said TPS Instructional leader, Stacey Vinson.

The district does have a deadline, and if students aren't located by October 1st, they're considered a drop out.

Dr. Riley says out of the two homes she visited Monday, she was able to find one stuudent who will be back in school Tuesday.

"If they would just get in touch with us we can share those opportunities and a lot of times it's just a simple fix for students," said Dr. Riley.

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