Students Increasingly Skip Out On School

Many American kids missed school due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which had a negative impact on their social lives and academic performance. The pattern has not gone away, according to the most recent figures.

According to a report, there are still significantly more pupils missing school days than before the outbreak. The percentage of schools with the highest chronic absenteeism rates increased from 25% before COVID-19 to almost 70% in the 2021–2022 school year.

Chronically absent pupils accounted for over one-third of the students in the schools polled. This is defined as missing two days of school every month, or 10% of the school year. The latest findings were announced by Attendance Works, a charity with the goal of reducing chronic absenteeism, and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, which concentrates on high school graduation readiness.

According to the executive director of Attendance Works, Hedy Chang, attending school every day was still the norm before the epidemic. According to the group, the number of chronically absent students from school more than quadrupled.

Chronic absenteeism rose to 14% of schools after the pandemic, from 3% in the pre-pandemic period, even in the wealthiest institutions. Compared to the rest of the nation, Ohio has seen a rise in regular school attendance.

Chronic absenteeism is still twice as common as it was before the epidemic in several places, such as California and New Mexico.

Schools must reestablish regular attendance patterns, develop new standards, and determine why children are absent. Experts say consistent school attendance is essential for several reasons. The most fundamental is that students can’t profit from tutoring if they’re not in class. Chronic absenteeism affects all students.

According to a report, many teachers are burnt out and contemplating resigning due to the pandemic’s influence on student-teacher relationships.

The COVID-19 lockdown has damaged kids’ connections with classmates and professors, who are burnt out and departing at increasing rates. The turnover rates were small but significant. It has also hampered pupils’ academic performance, making school less pleasurable. Family instability, student worry, and school suspensions may all be concerns.