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"Chronically Absent" defined
Did you know that 20.7% of our YCUSD students were considered "chronically absent" by the state last school year? That means that those students missed 10% or more of the school year; 18 days or more of the 180 days of school.
Missing just 2 days per month can add up quickly to 10% of the year! Any absence, excused or unexcused, counts in this total, because every day a student misses school is lost instructional time. This is why we call home and send letters so frequently- so that our parents are informed and aware of how quickly missing days add up and can negatively impact the student's success in school.
Just the Facts
Missing just 2 days school a month can make it harder to:
- Gain early reading and math skills.
- Build relationships.
- Develop good attendance habits.
Students should miss no more than 9 days of school each year to stay engaged, successful and on track to graduation.
Setting routines and habits as early as Preschool and TK can make a big positive impact on attendance
Frequent absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with schoolwork, dealing with a bully or facing some other difficulty.
By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.
By 9th grade, attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.
When do we keep our student home?
Cold and flu season is coming. Please review this handout with health guidelines as provided by CDPH
Sometimes anxiety can look like illness
Tummy aches and headaches might be a sign of physical illness, or they might be a sign that your child is suffering from some anxiety about school. We encourage you to review this (Student missing school due to anxiety) and ask the school for guidance. A mental illness is an excused absence, but missing school might only make the problem worse, rather than help. Talk to your school counselor and seek some guidance.
Are there other barriers that are preventing your student from attending school on time and regularly?
Housing? Transportation? Food insecurity? Feeling insecure with academics? Lonely?
Reach out to the school- we might be able to connect you with school resources, and outside resources to assist.