Public school officials in Detroit will spread the district's back-to-school attendance message at more than 20 churches and faith-based organizations.

Emergency manager Roy Roberts will visit six churches Sunday to speak with congregations about the importance of making sure children are in class.

Principals and other school leaders also will visit churches in the coming weeks as the district prepares for the Sept. 4 start of classes.

Detroit Public Schools is expected to lose $4.2 million in state funding during the next four years due to poor student attendance. Attendance fell below 75 percent on 10 days during the 2010-11 school year.

State law requires all districts to have at least 75 percent of students in attendance to receive their full per-pupil allocation for the day.