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About 1 In 25 Connecticut Students Aren't Showing Up For Distance Learning

Eric E. Castro

Connecticut lawmakers are concerned about student absenteeism with more schools moving online. Nearly 4 percent of students enrolled in distance learning are not showing up to class.

State Senator Douglas McCrory chairs the state’s education committee.

“I don’t want to call out the school districts by name, but they are large school districts and for the people who are working in the buildings — they’re telling me the attendance is very poor. Also they’re telling me the fact that a lot of the children — even though we have done a great job of getting devices to them — they’re not signing on,” McCrory said.

The state surveys school districts weekly, and absentee data is expected to be released on a monthly basis.

September’s numbers have not been released yet.

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.