Corinth schools are looking at ways to curtail a rise in chronic absenteeism in the post-pandemic era.

The Mississippi Department of Education’s report on chronic absenteeism for 2020-2021, released in February, revealed a spike in the number of students who are chronically absent – defined as missing 10 percent of the school year, or 18 days, for any reason, excused or unexcused. Across the state, the number was 28 percent. In the Corinth School District, the number was 27.4 percent (740 out of 2,700 students).

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Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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