Reasons for School Absence in Past Month, by Race/Ethnicity

Year(s): 2013-2015

CaliforniaPercent
ReasonAfrican American/BlackAmerican Indian/Alaska NativeAsianHispanic/LatinoNative Hawaiian/Pacific IslanderWhiteMultiracialOther
Didn’t Miss Any School33.0%38.5%56.8%34.1%36.1%33.2%33.6%40.5%
Illness (including respiratory and dental problems)25.6%23.6%20.6%27.8%24.5%26.4%26.1%26.2%
Felt Very Sad, Hopeless, Anxious, Stressed, or Angry2.5%3.0%1.0%1.8%1.0%1.2%1.8%2.1%
Didn’t Get Enough Sleep2.1%3.4%1.3%2.1%2.1%1.3%1.6%2.2%
Didn’t Feel Safe at School0.2%1.7%0.1%0.3%0.2%0.3%0.1%0.6%
Had to Work0.3%0.4%0.1%0.2%0.3%0.2%0.2%0.4%
Had to Care for or Help a Family Member or Friend2.1%0.3%0.6%1.3%2.4%0.8%1.1%1.3%
Wanted to Spend Time with Friends Not from School0.3%0.7%0.2%0.4%0.5%0.4%0.3%0.3%
Wanted to Use Alcohol or Drugs0.7%0.7%0.1%0.4%0.3%0.2%0.2%0.6%
Was Behind in Schoolwork or Unprepared for Class0.6%5.5%0.6%0.8%0.9%0.8%0.7%0.8%
Was Bored with or Uninterested in School1.0%22.1%0.8%1.0%0.8%1.0%0.7%0.3%
Was Suspended1.4%N/A0.1%0.5%0.2%0.2%0.7%0.9%
Other Reason10.0%N/A5.8%8.2%7.2%7.6%8.2%8.0%
Two or More Reasons20.2%N/A11.9%21.2%23.6%26.5%24.7%15.8%