Program addresses chronic absences, tardiness

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Weeks into the school year, teachers and principals already are noticing some students’ seats are empty too often.

These aren’t students who are sick for a day or two but kids who regularly miss school and whose families offer no explanation for their absence. And school officials know that if these kids aren’t in class, they’re going to fall behind.

Last school year, 555 students from 20 local elementary and intermediate schools missed at least 10 days of school. That 10-day mark is significant because it’s more than 5 percent of the school year and triggers a response from schools looking to find out what prevents a child from coming to school.


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