Why are So Many Students Missing So Much School?

There are many reasons students are absent and they fit into four broad categories: Myths, Barriers, Aversion and Disengagement.

  • Myths are fallacies that families or students believe to be true but are not. For example, too often absences are seen only a problem if they are unexcused.

  • Barriers are factors that impede a student from getting to school. While some barriers affect poor or low-income families more, others such as trauma cut across all income levels.

  • Aversion includes a range of reasons, such as bullying, for why a student dislikes and tries to avoid school.

  • Disengagement, in which a student feels a lack of connection to school.

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