For students to succeed, they need to be in school. Many people think that attendance only matters in the higher grades, but that's not true. Consistent attendance is very important for younger students too. An estimated 5 million to 7.5 million students miss 18 or more days of school each year. That's about 10 to 15 percent of U.S. students. It is everyone's responsibility to ensure students are in school and succeeding.
Students who miss 18 or more days in a school year – just 10% – are considered chronically absent and this can hurt their academic success and put them at-risk of dropping out. Students who attend school regularly are more likely than students who are chronically absent to:
Sometimes students miss school due to serious health and safety issues. The following are some resources to help address: