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To combat ditching, Prince George's County schools appeal to parents and students

To combat ditching, Prince George's County schools appeal to parents and students

In an effort to stop kids from skipping school, Prince George's County Public Schools are educating parents and students about the effects of chronic absenteeism as part of September's Attendance Awareness Month.

"Attendance is essential to school success because everyday counts, and everyday matters," said PGCPS Chief Executive Officer Kevin Maxwell. "Students who are chronically absent are more likely to suffer academically. It is the responsibility of our schools, administrators, parents and care providers to ensure that every student is present each day."

During the 2013-2014 school year 20.9 percent of PGCPS high school students were absent more than...

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