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Adams and Pike County see a drop in truancy rates

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - More kids are consistently coming to class in Adams and Pike counties.

According to Adams-Pike Regional Superintendent Debbie Niederhauser, all nine of the public school districts in the region have truancy rates below the state level of 9.8 percent.

Locally, it's eight percent.

Niederhauser says chronic truancy is considered at least nine days out of school unexcused for students.  Officials say it not only affects their future, it also affects the future of the school district, due to funding from the state.

"It's part of their daily attendance, and yes, it does affect their schools because they work on the number of kids that are there, and they even do like an average daily attendance for a certain number of  months for this year," Niederhauser said. "That helps predict their amount of general state aid for next year, and so being in school is important for our districts as well."

Niederhauser says truancy officers write letters to parents and students, organize face to face meetings, and finally issue tickets to make sure kids are attending class.
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