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Huntington parents warned to get their virtually truant kids back to school

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HUNTINGTON COUNTY, Ind. (WPTA21) -- Huntington school administrators concerned about truancy say they're cracking down on students who are falling behind in their virtual classes.

The director of curriculum is concerned that 150 of the district's 816 students who are learning remotely are falling behind.

"Based on their attendance, based on their engagement that we have not seen, we feel it's in their best educational interest to come back on campus," Jay Peters said.

Having already contacted parents electronically, school principals will now hand-deliver letters to the homes of those 150 virtual students who are falling far behind, asking them to return to the classroom.

Parents receiving the letters are being asked to let administrators know by October 19 whether they will return their students to schools November 2.

"We've lost nine weeks of school that I'm not sure how we're going to be able to recover that, not only from an elementary standpoint but from a middle school - high school standpoint that they're nine weeks behind," he said.

Parents receiving the letters are being asked to let administrators know by October 19 whether they will return their students to schools on November 2.

If they don't, administrators will ask parents to make other schooling arrangements for their students.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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