WVNS, Yahoo News – It’s a stereotype that kids like to skip school and that they may celebrate when bad weather closes school doors. But West Virginia teachers are seeing a serious rise in chronic absenteeism, despite laws making truancy a crime and holding adult guardians legally accountable.
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According to Balanced Scorecard, around 28 percent of West Virginia students in grades K-12 missed 10 percent of instructional days during the 2022-23 school year.
Marie Bechtel, an attorney who works with children as a guardian ad litem in her Beckley practice, said the solution may not be simple.