Benicia Patch Op-Ed: Jay Speck – Missing School Hurts Students, Must be Addressed by Community

By Jay Speck, Solano County Superintendent of Schools
Special to Patch

As we approach the second half of the school year, some students are already heading toward academic trouble – they have missed too many days of school. Chronic absences often hinder academic performance at each subsequent grade level; yet close to 7.5 million students across our nation miss nearly a month of school every year.

Problems with absenteeism can start surprisingly early. National research shows that 1 in 10 kindergarten and first-grade students are chronically absent, meaning that they miss 10 percent of the school year, or roughly 18 days of instruction, due to excused and unexcused absences.

via Op-Ed: Missing School Hurts Students, Must be Addressed by Community.

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