Frequent absents can cause a student to be behind in the classroom.
Chronic absence, missing ten percent of the school year, can lead to academic trouble, like being unable to master reading, and potentially dropping out of school.
According to the West Virginia Department of Education, the chronic absenteeism rate from pre-k to third grade is 11.8 percent.
“Well it’s important for kids to be in school because if they are not in school, they are not learning.Learning takes place within the confines of the classroom and they need to be there so they can keep up with the rest of their assignments,” Teresa Russell, Mercer County board of education Information Specialist, said.
The best way to make sure students stay in school is to have them in the classroom each and every day.