Excused and unexcused absences can both add up to too much time lost in the classroom.
Students are at-risk academically if they miss ten percent of the school year, which equates to missing 18 days of school.
Chronic absences affect the entire class, not just the student who is absent. If too many students miss school the teacher may have to repeat material so that they can catch up, which slows down the learning for the rest of the class.
Early interventions can help students and families obtain the resources and support they need to overcome barriers and get back on track.