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Parents skeptical of DOE plan to excuse coronavirus-related absences

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Parents skeptical of DOE plan to excuse coronavirus-related absences

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The Department of Education said Tuesday that coronavirus-related absences won’t impact competitive school applications — but parents ripped the confusing new policy as a murky mess.

“In our schools, it’s health and safety first,” the DOE posted. “#Coronavirus-related absences will not impact current applications to middle or high schools.”

Attendance is used as an admissions metric to screened schools and skittish parents have been calling for the DOE to modify its absence policy in light of the coronavirus threat.

Community Education Council 2 member Eric Goldberg blasted the DOE’s lack of specificity Tuesday and questioned how the agency would be able to reliably track coronavirus-specific cases.

 

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