Chronic absenteeism — defined as a student missing 10 percent or more of required school days in a year — is obviously harmful to the student’s education. Every school day missed is a lesson not learned. It’s also harmful to the schools, because state and federal funding is based on attendance.
Which counties have the largest percentage of chronically absent students?
3. Contra Costa
6. San Mateo
8. Santa Clara
9. San Francisco
The nature of rural life — including the effects of the weather, the need for students to work either at home or elsewhere, and the remoteness of residents — may explain why urban counties have lower absentee rates.