School attendance is essential to academic success, but too often students, parents, and schools do not realize how quickly absences — excused as well as unexcused — can add up to academic trouble. Chronic absence — missing 10 percent of the school year, or just 2-3 days every month — can translate into third-graders unable to master reading, sixth-graders failing courses, and ninth-graders dropping out of high school. The impact hits low-income students, who most depend on school for providing opportunities to learn, particularly hard.
For the 2021-22 school year – more than ever before – there is a great need to invest in the transition back
to in-person learning.