Lingering effects from the pandemic contributed to more than 3,500 students being chronically absent from Roanoke City Public Schools last year.
Just over one in four students, 27 percent, were chronically absent in Roanoke, according to recently released state data for the 2021-2022 school year. Hurt Park Elementary School had the division’s highest rate, with nearly two in every five students (39 percent) missing class for a prolonged period.
The state considers students “chronically absent” when they miss at least 10 percent of the school year, which translates roughly to three-and-a-half weeks, for any reason. The statewide average absentee rate was 20 percent.