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An increase in skip days at LPHS could be linked to a change in exam policy

Posted by wlpo on January 22, 2015

Perfect attendance or not, students at LP High School are required to take final exams each semester. While that was most likely the rule when you were in school, for about 15 years students were allowed to skip exams if they had perfect attendance.

The policy ended with the start of the current school year and the attendance record shows it. Students were truant 172 times during the 2013 fall semester when the exam incentive was in place. This past fall semester, the first semester without the incentive, students were truant 316 times.

Superintendent Steve Wrobleski included the information in his State of the District presentation to the school board last night. Wrobleski says they expected an increase and he thinks the number of students skipping will level off in a couple of years.

This past fall also saw more instances of students cutting class and arriving late.

A few of the school board members seemed surprised at the numbers, though they were the ones who decided to end the exam policy.

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