Why does chronic absenteeism matter?

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Too often, parents, students and sometimes teachers don’t realize how quickly absences, even parent-excused absences, can add up to academic trouble. Chronic absenteeism is not just students who are skipping school, but students who miss school often for various reasons such as vacation or doctor appointments. Chronic absenteeism in kindergarten can predict lower test scores, poor attendance and retention in later grades, especially if the problem persists for more than a year.

Research shows that missing as little as 2-3 days per month can translate into third graders unable to master reading, sixth graders failing courses and ultimately, teens dropping out of high school.   There is good news? Attending school every day increases a child’s chances of success in school and in life.  Solana Beach is here is partner with all families to help support student attendance at school.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need assistance.

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