Report: About 1 in 5 W.Va. students truant 5 days

CHARLESTON (AP) — The state Department of Education says about one in five West Virginia public school students had five or more unexcused absences this year.

More than 29,000 students, or 9 percent of students statewide, were truant more than 10 days.

The Charleston Gazette reports that Webster County has the state’s highest truancy rate. About 36 percent students there skipped five or more days without permission, and almost half the student body was truant 10 or more days. At Webster County High School, nearly 7 out of 10 students were truant five days or more.

Webster School Superintendent Martha Dean acknowledged it’s a big problem and she said school officials are working to correct it.

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