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Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that Calaveras County’s chronic absenteeism rate is 37%—far greater than the statewide rate of just over 14%.

If the state and nationwide trend of enrolled students “disappearing” from schools is happening, too, in Calaveras County, then why? And where are these children going? 

The Enterprise asked county superintendent of schools Scott Nanik as part of a larger story looking into the mental health and wellness of youth in the community. Nanik provided answers to questions many locals might be asking, like why are there school-age kids wandering around town in the middle of the day? Why aren’t they in school? Where are their parents, and what can be done to help?

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Marie-Elena studied creative writing, art, and photography at University of Nebraska at Omaha, graduating with a BA in Studio Art -Visual Media. She moved to California from Nebraska in 2019 and is happy to call Calaveras County her home.

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