Attendance highlights last weeks of school

Principals say chronic absences harm students and the schools

With about eight weeks left in the school year, Flomaton Elementary School Principal George Brown and Flomaton High School Principal Scott Hammond are stressing the need for students to be at school.

Excessive absences hurt the students, hurt the school and could have criminal implications for parents in certain instances.

Schools lose points on the state report cards when a student misses 15 days, whether those absences are excused or unexcused. Both principals want A's for their schools and they'd hate to lose a letter grade due to excessive absences.

“I can handle not making an A becau...