Chronic Absenteeism

In 2019-2020 school year, 33,000 students or 10% of Nebraska students were chronically absent. (This is prior to school building closures in March 2020 due to the pandemic.)
Chronic absence disproportionately affects students with disabilities, students of color, and students who are economically disadvantaged.

Chronic absence also affects students in early grades and those in later grades.

The Nebraska Department of Education has recognized September as Attendance Awareness Month.

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Visit for more resources to support you in identifying potential root causes, strategies and evidence-based interventions to address chronic absenteeism in your school community.

Updated April 22, 2021 3:02pm