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(p. 199) Severe School Attendance Problems and Extended Time Out of School 

(p. 199) Severe School Attendance Problems and Extended Time Out of School
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(p. 199) Severe School Attendance Problems and Extended Time Out of School
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Christopher A. Kearney

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10.1093/med-psych/9780197547496.003.0008
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date: 13 April 2021

This chapter provides an overview of severe school attendance problems or those that have been recurring for more than several months and likely over a period of years. The chapter offers suggestions for pursuing alternative paths toward graduation that could include virtual or online learning, home-based instruction, alternative schools and academic programs, and accruing formal credits in nontraditional ways. Other suggestions include pursuing community support for mental health problems and family conflict that may need to be addressed prior to a new academic plan. The chapter also addresses circumstances under which a child may be out of school for an extended period of time due to crises beyond the family’s control, such as the current pandemic. Additional resources and final comments are provided as well.

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