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Dubuque Schools Hoping To Improve Attendance

The Dubuque Community School District is hoping to improve attendance this year, especially at the elementary level. Over the past three years the district has recorded the number of students who were chronically absent. In the 2016-17 school year 9.9 percent of the district’s elementary kids were chronically absent. The following year it was 11.1 percent, and just last school year it was 10 percent. Title 1 schools, like Audubon, experience more absences. Principal Ed Glaser tells our coverage partners at KCRG TV that they are trying to improve that with pro-active and positive actions. He says they give out stars to classrooms with perfect attendance, and they reward kids who miss less than 5 days in a school year. Audubon has made improvements on attendance. Two years ago the school had 78 students who were chronically absent. Last year that number dropped to 58 students.

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