Both Knox County and Barbourville schools are struggling to keep their student attendance percentages up to par.
School officials are doing everything they can go get and keep their students in school. This means starting the day making personal phone calls to the parents of every child that is absent without a valid excuse. It can even mean making personal home visits.
“One of the biggest problems is when a student has a valid doctor’s appointment,” said Brian Carey, Director of Pupil Personnel at Barbourville City School. “If the appointment is in the morning, the students will stay home the rest of the day, and the same goes for afternoon appointments. This is how the system gets abused.”
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