Absenteeism hurts the student
Students who are frequently absent fall behind in academics and miss important socialization concepts that enhance their ability to understand and follow directions or, ultimately, plan for the future.
High school dropouts are two-and-a half times more likely to be on welfare than high school graduates and are almost twice as likely to be unemployed, according to a U.S. Department of Education 1996 finding.
Studies show that truancy frequently leads to criminal activity, drug use, and incarceration.
Research has found a clear link between academic failure in the early grades and delinquent behavior in adolescence (Howell 1995).
According to recent statistics, about 50 percent of prison inmates are high school dropouts and cost society well over $240 billion in lost wages and taxes over their lifetimes.
"When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their
academic prospects and chances for graduating"