Chronic ab­sen­teeism up in Prov­i­dence schools

Pawtucket Times - - OBITUARIES / REGION -

PROV­I­DENCE (AP) — Prov­i­dence pub­lic schools saw an uptick in chronic ab­sen­teeism dur­ing the 2016/2017 school year.

The chronic ab­sen­teeism rate rose to 37.6 per­cent last school year. Miss­ing at least 18 days qual­i­fies as chronic ab­sen­teeism. More than 3,800 stu­dents in the district missed over 30 days of school.

Rates rose in el­e­men­tary, mid­dle and high schools across the district. Su­per­in­ten­dent Chris Ma­her says stu­dents who are chron­i­cally ab­sent are less likely to grad­u­ate high school and find suc­cess.

Ac­cord­ing to a Prov­i­dence poll, most stu­dents said they missed school be­cause they didn't get enough sleep. Ma­her says chil­dren in Prov­i­dence also have el­e­vated rates of asthma. The district is work­ing to iden­tify at-risk stu­dents early on so they can take pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures.

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