- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - High school students will lose credit if they rack up eight unexcused absences from class in Natrona County.

The Natrona County School Board approved the new policy Monday night.

Elementary and high school students are permitted to have five parent-excused absences under the policy.

Five unexcused absences trigger a mandatory intervention.

High school students will lose credit after eight unexcused absences, though the repercussions for elementary students are not specified.

The policy seeks to encourage attendance after eight unexcused absences, saying high school students or their families can pursue credit recovery.

District officials are working toward raising the 76.5 percent graduation rate during the 2014-2015 academic year to 85 percent by 2019.

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