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SCHOOL BOARD LOOKS OVER ABSENTEE NUMBERS

Thursday 7th December 2017 6:06 am

There's good and bad news in a new school attendance report for the Chignecto Central School Board. On average, 20 per cent of students have missed 16 or more days of school in each of the past three years. That's better than the provincial average, which sits at 25 per cent. Students were more apt to miss classes if they're Aboriginal, African-Canadian and male. Of the hard core student absentees, 4-point-5 per cent of local students missed more than 35 days of school last year. That compares with 6 per cent missing that many days province wide. And while students skipping class is worse from grades 6 through 9, it drops dramatically from grades 10 through 12. The survey comes as the board gets ready to hire its new school attendance officers in the new year.


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