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

Year(s): 2013-2015

San Luis Obispo CountyPercent
Reason7th Grade9th Grade11th GradeNon-Traditional7th Grade9th Grade11th GradeNon-Traditional
Didn’t Miss Any School31.6%23.7%17.1%10.8%38.7%36.6%28.8%26.0%
Illness (including respiratory and dental problems)37.9%26.7%24.1%15.5%36.5%32.8%23.4%19.0%
Felt Very Sad, Hopeless, Anxious, Stressed, or Angry0.9%1.5%1.5%10.4%1.1%0.9%1.1%3.9%
Didn’t Get Enough Sleep0.7%1.4%0.8%1.2%0.9%1.0%2.1%1.5%
Didn’t Feel Safe at School0.1%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.1%0.2%0.4%0.0%
Had to Work0.4%0.3%0.1%0.6%0.4%1.0%0.3%0.6%
Had to Care for or Help a Family Member or Friend1.0%0.8%1.0%2.7%1.2%0.7%0.7%2.0%
Wanted to Spend Time with Friends Not from School0.0%0.2%0.6%0.9%0.2%0.6%0.9%1.3%
Wanted to Use Alcohol or Drugs0.0%0.1%0.0%1.9%0.1%0.2%0.3%2.4%
Was Behind in Schoolwork or Unprepared for Class0.2%0.5%1.2%0.0%1.0%0.4%0.1%0.6%
Was Bored with or Uninterested in School0.2%0.6%0.7%0.6%0.0%0.4%1.5%4.5%
Was Suspended0.1%0.3%0.0%0.7%0.6%0.2%0.3%2.8%
Other Reason10.8%9.4%6.7%4.8%9.9%6.8%7.4%4.5%
Two or More Reasons16.1%34.7%46.1%49.8%9.2%18.1%32.7%30.9%