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High school attendance down 3 percent in Pinellas in 2009-10



Speaking of attendance, the Pinellas County school district sent us school-by-school figures showing average daily attendance in 2009-10, when teachers and students reported rampant absenteeism due to a change in the final exam exemption policy.

Looks like average attendance dropped 2.99 percent district-wide compared with 2008-09.

Alternative school Bayside High appeared to struggle the most with attendance last year, dropping a total of 9.5 percent from its typical attendance of 74.54 percent the year before. But traditional schools were not immune. Those that experienced the biggest loss of students on any given day: Seminole High, with a 4.47 percent decline, Gibbs at 4.45 percent and Tarpon Springs with 4.09 percent.

Click here to see figures for all the high schools.

Pinellas board members will consider a string of tightened attendance policies on Tuesday during its 5 p.m. meeting.

[Last modified: Friday, July 23, 2010 12:35pm]


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