Some Dallas ISD Seniors At Risk Of Not Graduating Due To Attendance Issues

One Dallas ISD is taking the initiative in order to get seniors back in the classroom.

Video Transcript

- Have you had your fill of online learning? You're not alone. Too much freedom has led to attendance issues for some DISD seniors, so an all-out effort is underway right now to get them back to campus for the final quarter and across the stage. Our Robbie Owens has a look at how one campus is handling the effort called Finish Strong.

- Senior class! [DRUMS]

ROBBIE OWENS: Looking ahead, it will likely be pandemic graduations part 2, but let's not get ahead. For now, Dallas ISD leaders focused on getting seniors back on campus so they can meet requirements, academic and attendance.

FALESHA GREEN: At first, I was like, oh, I wish I had online school. I could stay home. I could wear whatever I wanted to wear. And, you know, I got it. And I was like, this is not what it's cracked up to be.

ROBBIE OWENS: Falesha Green is ranked number 2 in Lincoln's graduating class. She says returning to campus has made a big difference.

FALESHA GREEN: For once, I didn't feel like I was by myself struggling or anything, so I really appreciated that.

ROBBIE OWENS: Plenty of teenage wisdom at play.

JOHNNA WEAVER: So we're competing with where they are now. I have to make them understand where I want them to be later.

ROBBIE OWENS: And then there's Lincoln's powerhouse principal Johnna Weaver.

JOHNNA WEAVER: At the end of the day, I have to get them across the stage, because that's the only things that's going to help change their life or even give them an opportunity to get in the game of life.

ROBBIE OWENS: Whatever it takes, you are not above bribing, enticing, whatever it takes to get them back on campus and across that stage.

JOHNNA WEAVER: Right, even driving to their house if I have to.

ROBBIE OWENS: She's not joking.

FALESHA GREEN: She already knows your address, so-- [LAUGHS]

ROBBIE OWENS: Along with fun surprises planned for Monday's fourth-quarter launch, Weaver is also tapping community resources to support students now.

JOHNNA WEAVER: Gift cards from Nike, Starbucks, McDonald's, Champs, Target, and a plethora of places. We've hit every avenue. So when I say, when these kids come back, they're going to have something because we're going to do things to reward them so they can see education does pay off.

FALESHA GREEN: We just all want to finish strong together. We don't want to leave anyone behind.

ROBBIE OWENS: In Dallas, Robbie Owens, CBS 11 News.