Thomas Jefferson Middle School reports 18% truancy rate
The schools average daily attendance rate was 91 percent.
Students are considered chronically truant if they miss 5 percent of school days or more per year without acceptable excuses. The Decatur SD 61 saw a chronic truancy rate of 20 percent during the 2016-17 school year, while the statewide rate was 11 percent.
The school enrolled 468 students in the 2016-17 school year, and average daily attendance was at 91 percent for the year, the Illinois State Board of Education reported. The average daily rate of attendance across the state was 94 percent.