Drop in Elementary School Attendance Tied to Heroin Epidemic

Education officials in Allegany County saw a decrease in elementary school attendance during the 2016-2017 school year connected to the heroin crisis. The drop included 21 enrollment cancellations.

The Cumberland Times-News reports:

The issue was revealed Tuesday at a meeting of the Allegany County Board of Education at the Central Office on Washington Street.

Officials said the problem was primarily at the elementary school level and was a result of parental drug problems impacting children’s daily lives.

Nil Grove, chief technology officer, gave a report of the situation.

“We have to report to MSDE (Maryland State Department of Education) our attendance,” said Grove. “The attendance decrease in 2016 to 2017 was a result of our opioid crisis in the county. It was directly related to that. It’s pretty sad, but that is something that did happen, where our students were unable to attend based on problems in their home.”

Officials said the problems occur when parents’ addictions to narcotics run counter to the child’s educational needs.

For more information read the full article in The Cumberland Times-News