Chronic absenteeism-or missing at least 10 percent of school days in a school year for any reason, excused or unexcused-is a primary cause of low academic achievement and a powerful predictor of those students who may eventually drop out of school.
Healthier Students Are Better Learners
Health-related problems play a major role in limiting the motivation and ability to learn of urban minority youth, and interventions to address those problems can improve educational and health outcomes.
The U.S. Departments of Education (ED), Health and Human Services (HHS), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Justice (DOJ) have developed this toolkit. The assembled materials support coordinated community action that addresses local chronic absenteeism's underlying causes affecting millions of children in our nation's public schools each year.
Improving attendance and reducing chronic absence is not rocket science, but it does take commitment, collaboration, and tailored approaches to each school community's particular challenges and strengths.
Connecticut Kids Report Card
Connecticut Chronic Absenteeism Strategic Group snapshot of accomplishments 2014-2015
Identifying and implementing health interventions is a critical step to addressing chronic absenteeism and a key opportunity for collaboration among multiple sectors, including health, education, public health and the environment.