Local schools report increased absences on 'Day Without Immigrants"

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - As part of the nationally planned "Day Without Immigrants" protests, which encourage immigrants to stay home from work, shopping and from school in an effort to show the economic impact immigrants have on the U.S. economy, Kern County schools have reported unusually high absences.

The Delano School District reports that their overall attendance is down by 25 percent, with Delano High having the most absences.

Bakersfield City School District reports that it has 78 percent overall attendance, down from its usual of 95 percent. Sierra Middle School has 38 percent absent.

Richland School District in Shafter reported 23 percent absent, higher than normal.

Panama-Buena Vista Unified School District also reported a higher number of absences.

Kern High School District is reporting 2,900 total absences, which is higher than normal.

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