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S.F. students play hooky during Giants' World Series parade

Hundreds of thousands of happy San Francisco Giants fans donned their best orange and black Wednesday and flooded city's streets to mark the team's World Series win.

Apparently, the crowd included more than a couple of students playing hooky.

About 4,150 of San Francisco's 48,900 public school students were missing from classrooms on Wednesday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Most were from high schools, where about 23% of students were absent, the newspaper said, well above a normal daily average of about 3.5%. About 7% of elementary school and 9% of middle school students were missing, each up from a daily average of about 3%.

The numbers add up: The Chronicle reported the absences cost the district $38.27 per student in state funding, totaling $158,935.

But the district can't say it didn't try. In a letter sent home the day before the parade, superintendent Richard Carranza asked parents to opt for school over the parade, the Chronicle said.

"There is a lot to celebrate with the Giants winning the World Series and Halloween," the letter said. "Each school community will determine what works best for its students and staff to mark this momentous occasion in a safe environment. Every day and every minute of instruction counts, so please make sure your child is in school and ready to learn."

But, as the Chronicle pointed out, "given the number of 'I played hooky to be here'" signs seen at the parade, "times tables didn't stand a chance against ticker tape and Tim Lincecum."


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Photo: Fans celebrate at the San Francisco Giants' World Series victory parade on Wednesday. Credit: Jose Sanchez / Associated Press

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