Chronic School Absenteeism

SFStandard: Chronic absenteeism in the San Francisco Unified School District has more than doubled from pre-pandemic levels, rising from 14% to 28%, according to preliminary data for 2021-22. A student is considered chronically absent when they miss 10% of the 180-day school year.

Chronic Absentism doubled for most students–chronic absenteeism among Asians, for example, doubled from 4% to 9%–but among African Americans chronic absenteeism increased from 38% to a stunning 64%. As a result, some schools with a large percentage of African American students have 80% or more of their student body chronically absent.

Abseentism is also way up in New York City and in England.


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