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These are the Mass. schools with chronic absenteeism rates of 30 percent or higher in 2020-21

Roosevelt Middle School in New Bedford was among the Mass. schools with chronic absenteeism rates of 30 percent or higher in 2020-21.
Roosevelt Middle School in New Bedford was among the Mass. schools with chronic absenteeism rates of 30 percent or higher in 2020-21.George Rizer for the Boston Glo

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Parents nationwide say their children have fallen behind in school after this difficult year.

In Massachusetts, chronic absenteeism — the percentage of students who missed more than 10 percent of the school year — spiked from Fall River to Rockland to Woburn.

Below are the Massachusetts schools where 30 percent or more of students were chronically absent.


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