The school year at Lansing's Dwight Rich Middle School kicks off with an assembly to stress the importance of daily attendance.
School officials say the message is being heard loud and clear. Be on time to class everyday or face the consequences. The Truancy Court program, a partnership between community leaders, has resulted in improved attendance among Lansing students.
Nearly 70-percent of students involved in the program improved their attendance. Ten unexcused absences or an abundance of tardies force middle school and high school students to stand before a judge.
Punishments can range from probation to boot camp. The first session this year is scheduled for Sept. 4 at the Ingham County Circuit Court.