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School districts re-examine attendance policies amid new educational model

School districts throughout the region are asking families to act with an abundance of caution when it comes to students exhibiting potential covid-19 symptoms.

If a student is showing any of the 13 symptoms closely associated with the virus, districts are asking parents to keep them home.

That didn’t work out how Franklin Regional parent Christy Manzewitsch had hoped.

“If a parent elects to keep their child home, and the child logs in to their classes throughout the day, they are still counted as absent, even though they are participating in their classes,” Manzewitsch wrote in an email read during the public comment session of a recent school board meeting.

That situation has school administrators throughout Western Pennsylvania re-examining how attendance functions now that so many have new educational models in

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