Unaccompanied youths enroll in Dalton schools

ATLANTA (AP) - Dalton school officials say that several unaccompanied minors from Central America have been enrolled in the school system in the past year after being sent to northwest Georgia by federal authorities.

Dalton Superintendent Jim Hawkins tells The Daily Citizen that about 30 unaccompanied minors were admitted into the school system during the last school year and it's not yet known whether more will be coming this school year.

Caroline Woodason, the school system's assistant director for student support, said the children have relatives in the Dalton area and are staying with them.

Woodason said most of the youths sent to Dalton are from El Salvador and Guatemala.

Dalton officials say they've decided to form a "newcomer academy" at Morris Innovative High School this school year to help struggling students.


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