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Local students are schooling peers on class attendance

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - It's simple enough - students can't learn if they are not in the classroom. The San Diego Unified School District is launching a new campaign to make sure students to get class everyday this school year.

San Diego Unified teamed up with the United Way for an attendance campaign called Attend. Connect. Succeed. The goal is to increase attendance from students who are chronically absent - missing at least 18-days a year.

The school district tried to figure out why some students miss so much class time, and in many cases the answer is heartbreaking.

"Getting to school becomes second priority when you don't know where there's employment, or where you're going to live or you are working on basic needs. We are partnering with United Way to make sure there's stability in the home," said SDUSD Superintendent Cindy Martin.

Stability will come by connecting families in need with resources to help them successful - from finding stable housing to free bus passes.

This year, there is no time to waste because classes are starting one week earlier than the previous year.

"San Diego Unified is the largest district in the region and we had one of the latest start times which caused to be out of alignment with sports, testing and community college schedules," said Martin.

Since students are starting the school year a week earlier, they'll also send it a week earlier. The last day of school is June 13th. Last year, students did not get out until June 20th.

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