How Absenteeism is Hurting Students

College & Career Readiness | 09/22/2017

Rebecca Gau

Stand for Children Arizona Executive Director

Simply put: If kids aren’t in school, they aren’t learning. Every day counts, and chronic absenteeism is a significant problem in our schools. Our students are the ones paying the price.

Chronic absenteeism refers to students who miss nine or more days of school in a year.

Facts about chronic absenteeism

  • Missing just ten days of school is incredibly harmful to a child’s academic success and is an alarming warning sign for dropping out of high school later in life.
  • Three days of missed school a month can set a student back one to two years academically.
  • Twenty percent of Arizona children miss a month of school every year.
  • More than 10 percent of any given student body in Arizona is missing 10 percent of the school year.

What can you do about it?

As a parent or guardian, you make all the difference. Let me say that again: you make all the difference. To make things easier, we’ve put together a list of four things you can pledge to ensure our kids are getting the most out of schools.

  • Create evening and morning routines. 
  • Talk with your child about his or her day. 
  • Read with your child daily. 
  • Connect with your child’s teachers.

If we work together, we can begin to reduce and reverse chronic absenteeism by taking simple steps every single day.

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