Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism
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Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism

Why are we focusing on attendance?
Every absence, excused or unexcused, 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 amounts to 18 or more days in a school year—or just two days a month—for any reason is considered chronically absent. Chronically absent students are more likely to fall behind in reading and math 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.

Getting Started
Tools to help you take the first steps towards reducing chronic absenteeism and improving attendance.


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Notice of Rulemaking
OSPI is revising the WAC governing absences, excused and unexcused.

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Is your school or district addressing absenteeism? Contact us and let us know what you are doing!

   Updated 11/30/2017

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