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Chronic Absenteeism Affects Learning

March 6th, 2024 by WCBC Radio

Chronic absenteeism in Maryland’s public schools is prevalent across the state. Post-COVID, Baltimore County schools have the worst rate at 54%.  Missing 18 or more days of school is considered chronic.  Recent state reporting shows Allegany County has a chronic absenteeism rate of 36.8%  These numbers affect how students learn, the time they have to learn, as well as school reporting at the state level.  Trina Simpson who oversees accountability and assessments for the county schools, says schools are working to change how families perceive attendance…