Many will miss first school day in Hamilton County

photo Education assistant Annette Jones makes a display for a classroom Tuesday at Orchard Knob Elementary.

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When the bells ring in schools across Hamilton County on Monday morning, thousands of students who should be at their desks likely won't even be in school.

If recent attendance patterns hold, about 3,000 of the county's 42,000 public school students won't be counted when teachers take roll on the first day of classes.