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Originally posted January 9, 2019

Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school. ... Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read. ... Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks. ... Being late to school may lead to poor attendance. ... Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up. What can you do? Click on the download file on this page for tips.

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