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Tackling Truancy

(Missing school is costly)….In more ways than one.

The Imperial County Office of Education says absenteeism could damage your child’s education. A few reports were released during Attendance Awareness Month in September. In a national report, the importance of connecting student attendance with academic achievement was released. It said 83% of students chronically absent in Kindergarten and 1st grade are unable to read on-level by 3rd grade. It says students who cannot read on-level in 3rd grade are four times more likely to drop out than kids who can. It can also cost schools much needed funding. According to the In School+On Track 2015 Elementary School Report generated by the Office of the Attorney General, Imperial County lost over $8.5 million in elementary school funding for 2014-15 due to student absenteeism. They said this amounts to an average of nearly $240 for every student, which could be used to provide additional services and support for the young learners. The ICOE, the Imperial County District Attorney’s Office, and the Imperial County Probation Department have joined forces to tackle truancy in a coordinated way. They say by collectively addressing truancy, they will increase student achievement, increase high school graduation and reduce economic and public safety costs.