Below is a list of key research related to attendance for Health Issues

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Association of Classroom Ventilation with Reduced Illness Absence: A Prospective Study in California Elementary Schools

Mendell, Mark. Indoor Air, vol 23, issue 3, April 2013. This report found that bringing classroom ventilation rates up to the state-mandated standard may reduce student absences due to illness by approximately 3.4 percent. Extensive data on ventilation rates was collected from more than 150 classrooms in California over two years. The study found that ventilation rates varied widely across…
Published:   April 2013

Burden of Asthma in Inner-City Schoolchildren: Do School-Based Health Centers Make a Difference?

Webber, Mayris P. Arch Pediatrics Adolescent Medicine Volume 157, February 2003.This study compared information about students at six inner-city elementary schools in the Bronx. Four of the schools had school-based health centers while two did not. Researchers looked at data regarding hospitalization, emergency department visit, and absenteeism among students with asthma. They found that access to school-based health centers reduced…
Published:   February 2003

Chronic School Absenteeism and the Role of Adverse Childhood Experiences

Stempel, Hilary, Mandy A. Allison, Academic Pediatrics, September 2017. Researchers conducted a secondary analysis of data from the 2011–2012 National Survey of Children’s Health including children 6 to 17 years old. They found that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) exposure was associated with chronic school absenteeism in school-age children. To improve school attendance, along with future graduation rates and long-term health,…
Published:   September 2017

Chronic Student Absenteeism: The Critical Role of School Nurses

NASN School Nurse, May 2016. Routine school attendance is necessary for youth to develop into well-educated, successful adult citizens who will make significant contributions to society. Yet over 5 million students in the United States are chronically absent missing more than 10% of school in a year. The growing problem of chronic absenteeism among youth can be linked to increases…
Published:   May 2016

Comparative studies of hand disinfection and hand washing procedures as tested by pupils in intervention programs

Nandrup-Bus, Ange. American Journal of Infection Control, Vol. 39, Issue 6, August 2011.The objective of this study was to determine the effect of mandatory, scheduled hand disinfection (HD) on actual absenteeism because of infectious illness in elementary school pupils in Denmark. A three-month experiment compared one school in which students were required to wash their hands three times a day,…
Published:   August 2011

Effect of Full-Time versus Part-Time School Nurses on Attendance of Elementary Students with Asthma

The Journal of School Nursing, 2004. Asthma, the most common chronic disease in children today, is the leading cause of absenteeism among students. It accounts for nearly 20 million lost school days annually. This study examined whether full-time (5 days per week) or part-time (2 days per week) school nurses would have a differential effect on the frequency of absences…
Published:   December 2004

Effects of the FITKids Randomized Controlled Trial on Executive Control and Brain Function

Hillman, Charles H. Pediatrics, September 29, 2014. This study found significant differences between students in the afterschool program and those on the wait list. Students in the intervention group improved two-fold when tested on accuracy and cognitive tasks compared to the students who did not participate in the afterschool program. Researchers found widespread changes in brain function, meaning greater amounts…
Published:   September 2014
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