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Parents Upset at Keyser High Attendance Procedure

"They basically have to make up what they miss, they get the points back,” said Principal Wimer. "It is not anything to do with policy. It's simply a procedure of rewarding students for good attendance."

KEYSER, W.Va. - A Mineral County high school is implementing a new attendance policy. School officials say it's designed to keep students in class and make sure that any missed work is made up, however a number of parents do not like the change.

Making sure students of Keyser High School attend classes and receive the proper education; that's the goal of the new attendance program which is now based on a points system.

If the student misses classes for any reason, even due to an athletic event or a doctor's appointment, then the student loses points. However school officials say that student can regain the points if the work is made up based on options given by their teacher. 

"Parents are complaining about mostly the power that has been given to the teachers, to make the kids come in on after school detention to make up the work," said Sonya Ridenour, parent of Keyser High Student.

The principal, Charles Wimer, says he has put this in place because he say many students have missed classes, taking days off without a legit reason. He says this is a way to make sure they make up the time or their grades will be affected. 

"They basically have to make up what they miss, they get the points back,” said Wimer. "It is not anything to do with policy.  It's simply a procedure of rewarding students for good attendance."

However, Ridenour says this system leaves too much to teacher interpretation and that make-up work could be different student to student.

"It needs to be more uniform, it needs to give the teachers at least a guideline to go by and not just allow them to so okay will you can makeup work at home but to have to serve a ISE to make up your work,” said Ridenour.  

Principal Wimer says he has informed his teachers not to play favorites. He says he has also explained the procedure to many parents and students who were initially skeptical, after his explanation Wimer says they are now on board. He says if it doesn't result an improvement to the students grades, he will then drop the system. 

"If it doesn't work we will do away with it." said Wimer. "It not like something we have to do it's a choice we thought we could do to improve the school and improve attendance, if it doesn't work fine, we will do away with it."

The Mineral County Schools Superintendent says there is a special board meeting Tuesday night and public comment is welcome.

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