Public schools often go to great lengths to account for their students.
For RosaLinda Aviles, an attendance and dropout specialist for Kansas City Public Schools, it’s her primary duty.
Based at Northeast High School, she helps oversee a nine-school zone. If a student has been absent for several days, teachers will notify her. She and a district social worker then will try to intervene.
"Often the teachers will know a lot more about what's going, so that's helpful," Aviles says. "We then can call, send a letter, or do a home visit."