Group tracking down missing CPS students, lining up support services

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — A non-profit working with Chicago Public Schools is trying to track down the thousands of students who haven’t come back to the classroom.

Communities in Schools CEO and President Rey Saldana said his organization is ready to find and “re-engage” missing CPS students.

Many are high-school aged, and he said their complicated problems can include depression, a death in the family and homelessness.

Those who are back are struggling, and counselors have caseloads up to six times bigger this year.

CIS works in 175 CPS schools helping teachers address attendance, behavior and academic problems.

Chicago Public Schools is expected to release attendance numbers this week that identify how many students haven’t come back to class since the pandemic.