Attendance / Asistencia

ATTENDANCE MATTERS

Students who miss class, miss out on learning.

The lessons in Elementary school form the foundation for later learning. Unfortunately, very young children who frequently miss school may not become proficient readers. The cost is high: children with chronic absences in grades 1-4 are at much greater risk of later truancy, academic failure and dropping out.

Without a strong foundation, students often fall farther behind as they move up the grades. Catching up becomes more daunting if failures mount. By high school, students getting multiple Fs often show a pattern of skipping school because they're giving up.

 

FISCAL IMPACT OF CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM

As in most California school districts, SDUSD's revenue is primarily based on average daily attendance (ADA). The district loses $32 per day for every absent student. Given the ongoing budget crisis, it's crucial to note that a 1% increase in attendance would translate to an additional $6 million in revenue. These funds would bolster programs for all our students.

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