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truant

a person who is absent without leave, esp from school
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The master chuckled grimly at this burglarious entry, and insisted on leaving the hall-door and two of the front windows open, to frighten the truants on their return; and then the two set about foraging for tea, in which operation the master was much at fault, having the faintest possible idea of where to find anything, and being, moreover, wondrously short-sighted; but Tom, by a sort of instinct, knew the right cupboards in the kitchen and pantry, and soon managed to place on the snuggery table better materials for a meal than had appeared there probably during the reign of his tutor, who was then and there initiated, amongst other things, into the excellence of that mysterious condiment, a dripping-cake.
They rushed into the kitchen, whither the truants had repaired, and at once obtained rather more than a glimmering of the real state of the case.
About 50,000 of the district's 720,000 miss school each day, although it's unclear how many of those students are truant.
If you believe you have spotted a truant call the Truancy Hotline on 0800 169 2665.
An anonymous reader added: 'There's always a reason why children truant.
EDUCATION chiefs are introducing a hotline for parents who want to find out if their children are playing truant.
LULU picked up an honorary degree yesterday after admitting she spent most of her secondary schooldays playing truant.
25) Among the effects of the general laxity toward attendance school visitors in the same year enumerated the following: "'few of the Schools were commenced at the same time'; 'children were permitted to leave one school and go to another, as whim or fancy dictated, thus breaking down all government and subordination'; 'children were permitted to go from the Schools of one District to those of another, without sufficient reason'; and finally, 'there was little or no discipline exercised over tardy or truant scholars.
Truant, today provided an update on the Company's recent key business activities.
Excluded pupils or those playing truant are far more likely to become involved in drink and drugs, says a study.
In Glasgow, an average of 32% of pupils 'bunked off' school while in Norwich, 27% of pupils have played truant.
Mr Wilmot said: "Like most secondary schools, we have a small number of students who truant.