OPS & DCPS Still Searching for Nearly 30 'Unaccounted For' Children

Unaccounted for children is something we see every year in our school districts. Whether it’s kids turning 18 and dropping out or parents no longer taking there kids to school, it happens every school year, and we took a look at the unaccounted for student situation in Owensboro and Daviess County.

Posted: Oct 18, 2021 5:35 PM
Updated: Oct 18, 2021 7:06 PM

'Unaccounted for' children is something we see every year in our school districts. Whether it’s kids turning 18 and dropping out or parents no longer taking there kids to school, it happens every school year, and we took a look at the unaccounted for student situation in Owensboro and Daviess County.

We’re just around two months into the school year, and so far, OPS and DCPS still have nearly 30 students that are 'unaccounted for' in the owensboro area.

OPS and DCPS are still searching for a combined 28 'unaccounted for' kids in this area, but that’s a number that has decreased tremendously since the start of the year.

“We did start the year out, after day three, and we had over 800 kids that we were unsure where they were," said Charley Broughton, director of student services for DCPS.

Broughton said many families extend their summer breaks just a few days longer, and some families move school districts without alerting their previous district, so that’s mainly why the numbers have decreased so much, and we’re seeing even fewer 'unaccounted for' students than we saw last year.

“Last year was really tough with school being mostly virtual, throughout most of the year, we saw a lot of students that weren’t participating online, or they never came back when we were in person, so the numbers last year were certainly a lot higher than they are this years," said Jared Revlett of Owensboro Public Schools.

The pandemic causing issues for many students and their families and pushing people away from school, and we’re still seeing it’s lingering effects this year, but school systems aren’t giving up on finding these remaining 28 students.

“That can be everything from going out and knocking on doors, to making phone calls, to even asking students in the schools that’s friends with the student that’s gone missing and saying ‘hey, have you seen so-and-so in a while'," saidRevlett.

And school systems wanted to remind parents and family members that it’s still not too late to get their student back into school

“Any family out there whose kid has yet to get to school, contact your school district and get there, and they’ll be better of for it, certainly," said Broughton.

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