How do you fight chronic absenteeism? Put a nurse in every school
from Chalkbeat Tennessee
Almost a fifth of Memphis students are considered chronically absent from school, and too often it's because of an asthma attack, a toothache or an undiagnosed psychological condition. Community leaders grappling with the city's high rate of absenteeism frequently have cited challenges rooted in poverty — from students who struggle to get a ride to school to embarrassment over dirty uniforms. Now they're zeroing in on a deeper related problem: chronic health conditions.
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