Different guidance on when to keep children home has only complicated the solutions to the nationwide epidemic of chronic school absences. Some advocates and school systems, as well as the state of California, are now telling children and their caregivers they should come to class even when they have nuisance health issues like the sniffles.
Families no longer must keep kids home at any sign of illness, said Hedy Chang, the executive director of Attendance Works, a national- and state-level initiative aimed at addressing chronic absences. Attendance Works has issued its own guidance.
“We have to now re-engage kids and families and change their thinking about that,” Ms. Chang said.
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