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Chronic absence in North Carolina
is defined as missing 10% of
school days—that’s 18 days—
within one academic year for any
reason, excused or unexcused.
School attendance counts as
early as preschool. Consistent
school attendance in the early
grades boost children’s learning,
achievement and motivation.
Consistent school attendance
matters! Attendance is an
early predictor of academic
performance, and chronic
absence can be an early indicator
that a student needs support.
School attendance is habit
forming! As early as preschool,
going to school every day can
create a good habit of attendance!
We can solve chronic absence
when the whole community
plays a part. From mayors to
doctors to faith and business
leaders, everyone can help make
regular attendance a community
priority! #schooleveryday

Attendance Counts Factsheet