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If a student is not at school, they are not learning what is being taught. Period.

This year SCUSD is in the final year of our “Be HERE!” campaign to educate our families about chronic absence and the importance of good school attendance. When students are not at school, they are not learning what is being taught. Students absent just 2 days per month, for any reason, are considered chronically absent. Research shows these students fall behind and have a difficult time ever catching up with their peers. Students who are chronically absent in kindergarten are often not reading proficiently in 3rd grade. Students not reading well by 3rd grade are four times more likely to dropout of high school. That’s why we have to work together to get our kids to school every day and on time! This is a joint effort with our students, families, schools and our communities. Last year, SCUSD’s Kindergarten through 8th grade students had a chronic absence rate of 14.8%. That means nearly 7,000 students missed nearly a month of school.  That’s nearly 5% higher than the state’s average of 10.1%! Our numbers are far bleaker for children of color and our most vulnerable children who are in foster care or homeless. We want ALL of our students to succeed in school and life and the only way to do that is to Be HERE!

We can change the numbers together


Last year nearly 7,000 students in Sacramento City Unified School District missed more than 10% of the school year and were considered chronically absent!

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

Nelson Mandela

Chronic Absence in the Sacramento City Unified School District

Chronic school absence is associated with a number of poor outcomes for students, schools and communities. Since 2012, CRC-affiliated faculty member Nancy Erbstein and CRC staff (currently Cassie Hartzog) have worked with the Sacramento City Unified School District...

Sacramento County students are among the most absent in California

Sacramento County students have the worst chronic absentee rate in the region and a higher rate than all but two of the other 20 largest counties in California – Sonoma and San Joaquin. According to new state data, 14.8 percent of Sacramento County students missed...