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    Since the start of the pandemic, students have been increasingly disengaging from school. According to educators, this disengagement could be from the difficulty of spending hours online or the elevated instability of going from class to class in an online setting.

    Todd Perrier, an attendance counselor from Thunder Bay Catholic District School said that this year about 360 students from their district have been consistently absent. This amount is double the amount from the previous academic year.

    School boards are still trying to determine the number of school days students have missed. Research has shown that the odds of graduating high school and going to post-secondary diminish if the student misses 10 percent of the school year, a concern which educators are trying to address.

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