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Margaret Reist | Lincoln Journal Star

Two years ago, 20% of Culler Middle School students missed so many days of school their absenteeism got a label: chronic.

Research shows that chronic absenteeism — when students miss at least 10% of school in a year, or about 18 days — is linked to poor academic performance and increased risk of dropping out.

So staff at Culler got to work. They assigned a counselor to each grade, and dedicated a social worker and the attendance secretary in building a system to identify at-risk kids early.

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