May 15, 2020

Why absenteeism and attendance are growing school concerns: Hundreds of thousands of students haven’t logged on, reports say

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Chronic absenteeism and tracking attendance are rising equity concerns as large numbers of students have not logged in to online classes several weeks after their schools closed due to coronavirus, according to several published reports.

Hundreds of thousands of students lack adequate technology to access online classes while many others log on but face distractions such as caring for siblings and sharing laptops.

Only 14 of the 82 large districts analyzed by the Center on Reinventing Public Education are tracking attendance, according to Chalkbeat.

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