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New school year brings new attendance policy

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Debbie Higgins
The men’s club greet students on the first day of school Aug. 17. Students were met with new attendance policies to help cut down on absences.

Students will face new attendance thresholds this school year as administrators attempt to cut down on absences.

“We were seeing larger numbers of students with really low attendance rates and that didn’t seem to be improving as we came out of COVID,” Dean of Students Pete Lenzini said. “We know that high absenteeism is linked to lower performance, academically.”

Students who miss 20% of a class will receive a one-letter grade penalty. If they miss 25%, they won’t receive credit for that class.

“One of our principal goals is to build community,” Mr. Lenzini said, “and it’s really hard to build community when we’ve got really high absenteeism.”






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