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Rochester School Board votes down proposed changes to attendance policy

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- A controversial change to the current attendance policy at Rochester Public Schools has been voted down by the school board.

The proposal would have made class absences for activities like family vacations and college visits unexcused, meaning that students would not be able to make up the class work that they missed in their time gone.

Before the final vote, many parents voiced their disapproval over the proposed changes. One parent said if passed, the new attendance policy would have drastic repercussions on her family.

"In August, my husband took a job in Wichita and we are trying the commuting thing for a while. We wanted to stay here for a while because we are committed to RPS and have been a huge proponent of the public schools. If they started making these absences unexcused, it would be a real hardship on my family," said parent Pam Pennington.

Superintendent Michael Muñoz told those in attendance that the proposed changes were recommendations given to RPS by the state of Minnesota and do not suggest a current attendance problem within the school district.

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