Tough with truants: New program takes aim at habitual absences


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Students walk through the halls at Seymour High School between classes. Seymour schools have adopted a new program that will work to curtail unexcused student absences. PHOTO BY AARON PIPER


Students walk through the halls at Seymour High School between classes. Seymour schools have adopted a new program that will work to curtail unexcused student absences. PHOTO BY AARON PIPER


Jackson County public school students habitually missing school are more likely to find themselves in front of a judge under a new attendance program implemented at the beginning of this school year.

That program has some simple goals.

“We want to get these kids going to school,” Jackson Superior Court II Judge Bruce MacTavish said. “We want to get to them as young as possible and as early as possible in the school year.”

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