Local educators combat chronic absenteeism

Kern Gold Empire.com (and KGET17)
By: Alex Fisher
Posted: Aug 24, 2017

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Missing two days a month of school is enough to significantly impact your child's education.

Today, school districts across the county will hold a news conference to emphasize the importance of your child being in the classroom.

Districts around the county are combating chronic absenteeism and many schools said they are seeing improvements.

Educators said if your student isn't attending class, there could be gaps in their education later.

The 2017-2018 school year is well underway as 185,000 local students are back at their desk, ready to learn.

But many students won't spend as much time in the classroom as they should.

Students who miss an average of two to three school days a month are considered chronically absent -- that's 10% of the school year.

It may not seem like much, but the hours add up.

Districts across the county are addressing this issue by sending out notices and meeting with parents trying to understand why students continue to miss school.    

In 2013, the Kern High School District had 5,162 students considered chronically absent.   

Two years later, that number significantly decreased by over 1,000.  

The district has over 34,000 fewer absences since 2015.

There are several resources for you as parents to utilize to ensure your child stays in class.


*At the time of publication, Kern HSD was making a positive impact on chronic absenteeism through their partnership with Attention2Attendance