Attendance a Problem at Bucksport Middle School

BUCKSPORT — Several students at the middle school who have violated or are in danger of violating the school’s attendance policy may risk a stint in summer school or repeating their grade year.

Bucksport Middle School Principal Tom Jandreau said three students have already exceeded the school’s 18-day absence limit. Nine students have 15 or more absences.

The attendance policy limits absences, both excused and unexcused, to 18 days. This represents more than 10 percent of the school year.

Research links poor attendance with poor academic performance, according to the policy.

Students with more than 18 absences are required to attend a summer school session. If they fail to do so, they must repeat the academic year.

The only exceptions to the rule are absences caused by an illness, injury, chronic medical condition or school-planned activity.

Jandreau said parents are made aware of the school’s attendance policy and are routinely notified of the number of absences their child has accrued.

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Nicole Ouellette

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