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

Year(s): 2013-2015

Santa Barbara CountyPercent
FemaleMale
Reason7th Grade9th Grade11th GradeNon-Traditional7th Grade9th Grade11th GradeNon-Traditional
Didn’t Miss Any School45.1%33.4%22.7%13.3%45.8%42.3%30.8%20.3%
Illness (including respiratory and dental problems)26.9%25.9%24.5%23.6%27.8%28.3%26.5%28.3%
Felt Very Sad, Hopeless, Anxious, Stressed, or Angry0.9%1.9%1.3%1.5%0.7%0.6%0.6%0.9%
Didn’t Get Enough Sleep1.0%1.1%1.7%1.6%1.1%1.4%2.6%1.5%
Didn’t Feel Safe at School0.1%0.2%0.2%0.0%0.1%0.4%0.2%0.0%
Had to Work0.0%0.1%0.1%0.5%0.3%0.2%0.2%1.3%
Had to Care for or Help a Family Member or Friend1.2%0.4%0.5%4.8%1.0%0.5%0.7%1.4%
Wanted to Spend Time with Friends Not from School0.1%0.8%0.4%0.7%0.4%0.4%1.0%3.0%
Wanted to Use Alcohol or Drugs0.0%0.1%0.1%0.0%0.2%0.4%0.6%2.0%
Was Behind in Schoolwork or Unprepared for Class0.2%0.5%0.9%0.7%0.2%0.4%1.2%0.3%
Was Bored with or Uninterested in School0.2%0.4%0.6%1.8%0.4%0.7%1.0%1.2%
Was Suspended0.3%0.1%0.0%0.0%0.6%0.4%0.0%2.7%
Other Reason11.0%8.5%6.5%9.2%10.5%8.5%8.6%8.1%
Two or More Reasons12.9%26.6%40.4%42.3%10.9%15.4%26.1%29.0%