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Walla Walla, WA: The "growing phenomena" of absent students

Sept 10, 2017, Walla Walla (WA) Union-Bulletin: Waitsburg schools attend to chronic absences http://www.union-bulletin.com/news/education/waitsburg/waitsburg-schools-attend-to-chronic-absences/article_bb996184-95b4-11e7-8106-c70c9fb6ea23.html Since Stephanie Wooderchak began working as a principal for the Waitsburg School District in 2008, she’s watched a growing phenomena that defies an answer. Wooderchak is principal for Preston Hall Middle and Waitsburg High schools. Together the two schools have about 160 students. … Students, however, are not at school in increasing numbers, she said. ... Whether for excused or unexcused reasons, about 17 percent of students in the state are missing significant chunks of time from class. … A new report by a national nonprofit, Attendance Works, analyzed attendance rates across the country. The research found that in 28 percent of Washington schools, almost a third of all students are missing weeks of class work. That rate was second-worst in the nation, after Alaska....