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Chronic Absenteeism

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Every Day Counts

Every absence, excused or unexcused, (including suspensions), is a learning opportunity lost and can have significant impacts on a student's success in school and life.  A student who misses 10% or more of their school days, which can mean just two days a month, for any reason, is considered chronically absent.  Chronically absent students are more likely to fall behind academically and less likely to graduate from high school.  Addressing chronic absenteeism and developing good attendance habits is a solvable problem for which we all share responsibility.


Toni Y. Kersh

Bureau Director, Office of Compulsory School Attendance Enforcement