I haven't taught a class yet, but already have a hopeful post for the day.
Z stopped coming to school in October. Dropped out. A senior who I loved to brag about how smart he is, but was failing most of his classes from absences already. The school had a meeting to get him re-enrolled in November and he came for a couple of days afterwards. Only a few though. Then he was gone again.
He's back today.
I have a midterm on Friday. He's missed two months. This isn't going to be easy.
But he's back.