- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Student attendance in Helena Public Schools is below the state average and below the level that education officials say they consider to be a red flag.

The Helena Independent Record reports (https://bit.ly/1IBGdJS ) average attendance last year for K-5 students was 93.4 percent; for grades 6-8 it was 92.8 percent; for high school it fell to 91.2 percent.

Last school year, average daily attendance for all Montana schools was 93.6 percent.

Montana Office of Public Instruction says research shows when a school’s average daily attendance falls below 95 percent, it shows that a major share of students are likely chronically absent.

Assistant Superintendent in Helena Greg Upham says schools are trying to keep children in class with attendance awards, calls home to parents and others, but that districts have exhausted resources.

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Information from: Independent Record, https://www.helenair.com

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