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The Barrington School District Board of Education discussed during its June meeting preliminary plans to strengthen district policy with regard to student absenteeism.
Under the proposal — which is in committee and has not been completed — students who miss 15 days of school may be required to attend a week of summer school, with additional weeks added when students pass 20 and 25 days absent.
At 30 days, students may be kept in the current grade level, Superintendent Anthony Arcodia said.
Arcodia and Woodland School Principal David Zucker described the effort as a deterrent meant to encourage students and parents to prioritize school.
Such a deterrent is needed, Zucker explained, because 15 percent of Woodland students missed 15 days or more this school year. And that reflects poorly on the entire school and community when it results in lower scores on the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge testing.
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