Chronic absenteeism up in Providence schools
PROVIDENCE (AP) — Providence public schools saw an uptick in chronic absenteeism during the 2016/2017 school year.
The chronic absenteeism rate rose to 37.6 percent last school year. Missing at least 18 days qualifies as chronic absenteeism. More than 3,800 students in the district missed over 30 days of school.
Rates rose in elementary, middle and high schools across the district. Superintendent Chris Maher says students who are chronically absent are less likely to graduate high school and find success.
According to a Providence poll, most students said they missed school because they didn't get enough sleep. Maher says children in Providence also have elevated rates of asthma. The district is working to identify at-risk students early on so they can take preventative measures.