The Case Of The Low Attendance School

This case is about an elementary (K-5) public school in US. The school mostly catered to the low-income segment.

The principal of the school was puzzled by the poor attendance rate of students. To counter this, he took several initiatives, such as free school lunch, transport facilitated by the school, etc.

Still, there was no significant impact on attendance.

One day the principal witnessed an incident that gave him an insight that solved the problem. Here is that incident.

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One day the principal's daughter refused to go to her best friend's birthday party. The principal was perplexed. When he asked for a reason, his daughter sobbed and told that she did not have a proper dress for the party.