More than seven million students nationwide are chronically absent from school—missing so much school, for any reason, that they are academically at risk. Starting as early as preschool and kindergarten, chronic absence erodes students’ ability to learn and achieve in school. It increases the likelihood that children are unable to read well by third grade, fail classes in middle school and drop out of high school. Children living in poverty are two to three times more likely to be chronically absent—and face the most harm because they lack the resources to make up for the lost learning in school.
To learn more about chronic absenteeism and how Communities In Schools is working to eradicate the barriers that keep kids from making it to and staying in school visit: communitiesinschools.org/attendance.