Attendance down at NHHS after alert

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By Kelly Cantrall

Attendance suffered Friday at North Hardin High School after a note was found that specified Friday as the day for a potential threat at the school.

Only about 62 percent of students attended school Friday. John Wright, community relations specialist for Hardin County Schools, said 555 stayed home in a school of more than 1,400 students.

“Obviously, that’s disheartening,” Wright said.

The threat was found to be “non-credible” by Hardin County Schools, Radcliff Police Department and Kentucky State Police, but the district took precautions of notifying families and asking students not to bring backpacks or large bags into the building.

Most students obliged and those who brought bags left them outside the building to be sniffed by dogs brought by KSP. The items later were returned to students, Wright said.

Faculty and staff attendance was normal, he said.

Attendance at North is typically about 94 percent and was back at 93 percent Monday, Wright said.

Attendance is used to determine funding for districts, but Friday shouldn’t cause any lasting issues for HCS, Wright said. When submitting numbers to the state, districts are allowed to drop the five lowest attendance days. So far, Friday counts as one of those days for the district.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.