CHICAGO (AP) — Educators at schools across the Chicago area with high populations of Hispanic students say they're no longer seeing large numbers of students taking extended winter absences to visit family abroad.
The Chicago Tribune reports educators say January is no longer spent trying to catch up large numbers of Hispanic students following long absences.
Antonio del Real, dean of students at Community High School in West Chicago, says only a handful of students asked for extra time off this winter. That's down from 10 to 15 percent of the student population five years ago. Officials in other school districts reported similar decreases.
Reasons offered by school officials include parents' better understanding of the importance of school attendance and immigration enforcement making re-entry harder for families of mixed immigration status.