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A “trauma-informed approach” puts students' behavior and performance in the context of their home lives and the trauma. Experts say it's part of the answer to reduce high rates of chronic absenteeism, which occurs in schools everywhere but is especially prevalent in rural areas.
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This project received support from the Center for Health Journalism's California Fellowship and its Fund for Journalism on Child Well-being....
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This story was produced as part of a larger project led by Suzanne Bohan and Sandy Kleffman, participants in the  Other stories in this series include:

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