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9 students reported to truancy center in first week

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Little Rock School District is working to cut down on students skipping class.

School officials said while there's not a dramatic increase in truancy, they want to get a handle on it once and for all. Doctor Dennis Burrow, chairman of the Community Truancy Board, said truancy is a statewide problem.

"Since the center was opened last week, there have been nine kids processed through the center already," Burrow said.

Officers will take students caught skipping class there, and the child's parents will be called. From there, intervention services to begin. Any child caught after the center closes at noon will be taken back to the school unless he or she is not attending school due to sanctions or medical reasons.

The public is encouraged to help the CTB identify truant students by reporting them to the Truancy Hotline at 447-SKIP. For more information about the Center, call (501)447-1000 and ask for Student Services.

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