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Oct. 2 determines funding for Michigan schools

BLISSFIELD, MI (Toledo News Now) -

Wednesday was a big day for school districts in Michigan. Oct. 2 is the state's fall count day.

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

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

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

That isn't necessary anymore. Districts can still get funding for students who might be absent.

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

That 10-day buffer takes some of the stress off of the fall count day. Moellenberndt says they have a 94 percent attendance rate on any given day, and they communicate with parents of absent children.

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