Middlesboro Independent Schools aren't not seeing problems from sickness something else is causing attendance problems.
School administrators say the state is much more strict about tardies this year. Unlike before tardies can now add up to absences. Every sixty minutes a student misses during the day counts as a tardy. Six of those count as one day absent.
Middlesboro High School student Madison Shoffner says the new rule is pushing her to get to school on time.
"I used to have a big problem running late," says Shoffner. "But now my family and I really try to get to school. We don't want that time counted against us."
After six absences schools have to send kids to court for truancy