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Oct. 2 determines funding for Michigan schools

BLISSFIELD, MI (Toledo News Now) -

Wednesdaywas a big day for school districts in Michigan. Oct. 2 is the state's fallcount day.

Thestate uses attendance numbers on that day to determine funding. Public schoolsin Michigan get their per-pupil funding based on blended attendance numbers: 90percent comes from fall count day numbers in October, and the remaining 10percent from the previous spring count day in February.

Ifa student is absent, that doesn't necessarily mean they won't get counted.

"Themisperception is that students have to be in class today in order to becounted," said Blissfield Superintendent Scott Moellenberndt. "In years past,literally, they had to be in school that day. School districts providedincentives, assemblies, and all kinds of things."

Thatisn't necessary anymore. Districts can still get funding for students who mightbe absent.

"Obviously,students need to be enrolled, but if for some reason they were to be absent, wehave 10 days to verify the fact that they're a student in good standing," heexplained.

That10-day buffer takes some of the stress off of the fall count day. Moellenberndtsays they have a 94 percent attendance rate on any given day, and theycommunicate with parents of absent children.

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