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Lois Hornsby Middle School combats absenteeism with compassion, clubs and tutoring

Lois Hornsby Middle School combats absenteeism with compassion, clubs and tutoring

Keeping children in the classroom is always a priority for schools, which makes the fight against student absenteeism a critical one. If the results of several programs at Lois Hornsby Middle School are any sign, schools may have new tactics to use in the future.

In the past year, middle schools were redistricted to accommodate the opening of James Blair Middle School, and many new students are now at Hornsby. This, in addition to the school’s already large population of military families, made efforts to integrate students early critical, said Hornsby Principal Jessica Ellison.

“We lost a lot of students as part of rezoning changes in the division, while also getting a lot of...

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