DPS Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli has said transportation is an issue for some students because the district does not have busing to the high schools.
A study by the Montgomery County Educational Service Center in 2016 found that for younger students in Dayton, health issues were the major reason for missing school. Chronic absenteeism is 66 percent more likely for students with diabetes and 39 percent higher for students with ADHD, according to the study, which was done in conjunction with the Health Policy Institute of Ohio.
The report found a close connection between absenteeism and student performance. Every 10 lost instructional days for a sixth-grade student results in a 4.5-percent drop in their math grade, the study determined.
THE PATH FORWARD: The region must rally to fix the Dayton Public Schools
Among the solutions identified: Address the specific causes of chronic absenteeism and ramp up extracurricular activities.
In high school, students involved in at least one extracurricular activity — such as band, math club or sports — have 36 percent fewer lost instructional days than those not involved in such activities, according to the report.
Justen Seay, coordinator of Dayton Public Schools fine arts, inspects instruments donated to DPS this summer.
Music education is an area with a strong community component. A partnership that includes the Discover Classical radio stations, Grismer Tire and Auto, the Dayton Public Schools Foundation and the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteers Association collaborates on an annual drive to collect new and used musical instruments for students who can’t afford them.
RELATED: Here’s how to donate your old music instruments to Dayton students
Several schools are seeking volunteers to help teach music lessons to kids.
Lolli said all DPS buildings now have music and arts programs.
JOIN THE CONVERSATION: The Path Forward: Dayton Schools Facebook group