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

Year(s): 2013-2015

Merced CountyPercent
Reason7th Grade9th Grade11th GradeNon-Traditional7th Grade9th Grade11th GradeNon-Traditional
Didn’t Miss Any School32.6%27.5%20.5%S44.6%31.6%28.2%S
Illness (including respiratory and dental problems)30.6%30.4%25.5%S28.6%33.8%27.0%S
Felt Very Sad, Hopeless, Anxious, Stressed, or Angry2.2%0.8%0.6%S0.6%0.5%0.9%S
Didn’t Get Enough Sleep0.8%0.7%1.4%S1.2%1.7%1.3%S
Didn’t Feel Safe at School0.1%0.0%0.0%S0.2%0.0%0.1%S
Had to Work0.1%0.0%0.0%S0.7%0.5%0.2%S
Had to Care for or Help a Family Member or Friend2.1%1.0%0.8%S1.2%1.5%0.6%S
Wanted to Spend Time with Friends Not from School0.0%0.1%0.1%S0.4%0.1%0.3%S
Wanted to Use Alcohol or Drugs0.0%0.1%0.0%S0.0%0.4%0.4%S
Was Behind in Schoolwork or Unprepared for Class0.3%0.3%0.3%S0.1%0.5%0.7%S
Was Bored with or Uninterested in School0.6%0.5%0.5%S0.3%0.7%0.4%S
Was Suspended0.2%0.6%0.0%S1.0%1.0%0.2%S
Other Reason11.0%10.1%8.2%S10.1%9.5%7.5%S
Two or More Reasons19.4%27.8%42.3%S11.0%18.2%32.1%S