Report: About 1 in 5 West Virginia Students Truant 5 Days
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% 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% of 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 is a big problem and she said school officials are working to correct it.