Chronic Absenteeism

In the 2021-2022 school year, 77,000 students or 23% of Nebraska students were chronically absent. 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. 

Chronic absence is defined as missing 10% of a child’s time in membership.

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Updated October 5, 2022 12:03pm