City Schools Addressing Lack of Attendance

Lynchburg City SchoolsThe Lynchburg City School Division is addressing attendance or the lack there of. Truancy problems haven’t helped the effort to bolster student performance. The trouble, experts say, often stems from economic hardship rather than resistance or lack of concern on the part of families. The News & Advance reports, Department of Education records show near 63 percent of all city students last October were eligible for free and reduced lunch compared to about 41 percent in the state as a whole. Children dealing with poverty can be especially vulnerable to bullying, says division staff members. The Interagency Truancy Review Team is working to encourage widespread community support.

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