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Newport-Mesa steps up student attendance tracking to fight chronic absenteeism

Newport-Mesa steps up student attendance tracking to fight chronic absenteeism

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District is doubling down on tracking student attendance to fall in line with the California Department of Education’s addition of chronic absenteeism to its dashboard of accountability, which measures how school districts are performing.

The district has always tracked attendance and notified parents if their children are absent. But Phil D’Agostino, district director of student and community services, said letters also are now being sent.

D’Agostino said the letters help create a paper trail that administrators can use to have conversations with parents, teachers and students. Some...

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