BAR HARBOR — Attendance was down at Mount Desert Island High School on the Monday before Christmas, but not nearly as much as school officials had feared.
Eighty percent of students showed up that day, compared to the average attendance rate for all of last year of 93 percent.
The first two days of Christmas week were originally scheduled as vacation days. But because of days missed due to a power outage in early November, the school board decided that two days would be made up just before the holiday break.
Ian Braun, dean of students, said last week that he didn’t have the exact attendance figure for Tuesday, but he thought it was about the same as Monday.
Some teachers, administrators and board members had said that attendance might be quite low those two days, anticipating that many families already might have made plans to be away then. But, apparently that number was relatively low.
“The weeks before and after any vacation are usually lower than other days of the year and affect our overall attendance averages,” Braun said. “On most days, we are at 95 percent or higher.”
The third day missed because of the power outage in November will be made up at the end of the school year in June.