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Chronic Absenteeism

In 2017-2018, 36,000 students or 11%, of Nebraska students were chronically absent. Chronic absenteeism is defined by a student missing 10% of their time in membership. Chronic absence includes all absences – excused, unexcused, suspensions.
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 September 5, 2019 9:20am