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The Importance of Showing Up Every Day


Research shows that chronic absenteeism in primary school is a predictor of continued lack of attendance, school dropout and other associated problems of adolescence including substance abuse and delinquency.

Approximately 18,500 students in Douglas, Sarpy, and Pottawattamie county public schools missed more than 10% of days of attendance in the 2016-2017 school year.

Many factors can contribute to student absenteeism, including:

  • Family health
  • Financial concerns
  • Poor school climate
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Transportation problems
  • Differing attitudes towards education

The infographic below spells out the facts about chronic absence in the early grades.
Click here to download in Spanish.

Visit AttendanceWorks.org for more information on policy and practice around school attendance.


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