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Leon County Schools see truancy problems across digital, in-person platforms

500 students truant from Leon County Schools
Posted at 11:13 PM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 23:13:09-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Since classes began on August 31, more than 500 of Leon County's 32,000 students have not yet responded for daily roll call, neither in person nor on a digital platform.

Leon County Superintendent Rocky Hanna says they're working to account for each of these students and offer help if needed.

"We know we are missing a number of kids," said Hanna. "Dr. Kathleen Rogers over in intervention services has a team that's put together along with each individual school social worker that's going out and knocking on doors and finding out trying to find out where these kids are and how we can get them the resources they need to engage with us."

Hanna adds, their current goal is not to punish these students or their parents, but to prevent students from falling further behind and to be proactive about student safety.

They plan to account for each student by the end of the first nine weeks.