Reasons for School Absence in Past Month, by Gender and Grade Level

Year(s): 2013-2015

Alameda CountyPercent
FemaleMale
Reason7th Grade9th Grade11th GradeNon-Traditional7th Grade9th Grade11th GradeNon-Traditional
Didn’t Miss Any School44.1%36.0%23.0%11.0%48.3%43.1%34.7%11.4%
Illness (including respiratory and dental problems)29.8%26.0%22.1%28.3%29.3%28.3%18.5%39.0%
Felt Very Sad, Hopeless, Anxious, Stressed, or Angry1.0%1.4%1.4%5.8%0.7%0.7%1.2%1.6%
Didn’t Get Enough Sleep0.6%1.7%1.9%3.2%1.6%1.7%1.9%4.0%
Didn’t Feel Safe at School0.3%0.0%0.1%0.0%0.4%0.3%0.2%0.6%
Had to Work0.1%0.0%0.3%1.4%0.1%0.3%0.2%0.4%
Had to Care for or Help a Family Member or Friend1.0%1.1%0.6%0.8%0.8%0.8%0.4%0.6%
Wanted to Spend Time with Friends Not from School0.1%0.2%0.3%0.5%0.2%0.2%0.5%8.1%
Wanted to Use Alcohol or Drugs0.1%0.1%0.2%1.4%0.2%0.2%0.2%2.1%
Was Behind in Schoolwork or Unprepared for Class0.2%0.6%1.4%0.4%0.1%0.5%1.2%0.0%
Was Bored with or Uninterested in School0.3%0.5%0.9%1.2%0.4%0.6%1.3%0.8%
Was Suspended0.3%0.2%0.1%0.6%0.7%0.3%0.3%0.4%
Other Reason7.3%8.3%7.4%2.9%7.6%8.0%6.6%5.1%
Two or More Reasons14.9%23.8%40.4%42.6%9.3%14.9%32.6%25.9%