It is important for Ohio’s students to be in the classroom every day and ready to learn. Missing 10 percent of school days can make it harder for students to learn to read and keep up in their classes. Absences also can be a sign that a student is facing a difficulty in school or is facing a non-academic barrier. Attending school regularly helps children feel better about themselves and create habits they can continue through their entire academic careers.
WHEN DO ABSENCES BECOME A PROBLEM?
While students sometimes get sick or have medical appointments, missing any amount of school can be harmful to their learning.
- Excessive Absence = missing 38 or more hours of school in one month OR 65 or more hours in one school year with or without an excuse
- Habitual Truancy = 30 or more consecutive hours OR 42 hours in a month OR 72 or more hours in a year without an excuse
- Chronic Absence = missing 10 percent of the school year with or without an excuse