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

Year(s): 2013-2015

Ventura CountyPercent
FemaleMale
Reason7th Grade9th Grade11th GradeNon-Traditional7th Grade9th Grade11th GradeNon-Traditional
Didn’t Miss Any School33.0%31.2%22.1%11.4%37.2%40.0%34.6%22.4%
Illness (including respiratory and dental problems)36.1%26.5%22.1%22.2%37.6%30.1%24.2%21.6%
Felt Very Sad, Hopeless, Anxious, Stressed, or Angry1.1%3.7%2.5%10.4%0.7%1.8%1.8%7.0%
Didn’t Get Enough Sleep0.5%1.8%2.2%2.4%1.2%2.4%3.6%11.8%
Didn’t Feel Safe at School0.6%0.3%0.3%11.4%0.2%0.6%0.3%7.4%
Had to Work0.1%0.1%0.3%0.0%0.2%0.2%0.6%0.3%
Had to Care for or Help a Family Member or Friend0.6%1.6%0.7%1.5%1.3%0.7%1.0%1.2%
Wanted to Spend Time with Friends Not from School0.4%0.3%0.8%1.4%0.2%0.6%0.4%0.7%
Wanted to Use Alcohol or Drugs0.1%0.5%0.2%1.3%0.2%0.8%1.3%1.8%
Was Behind in Schoolwork or Unprepared for Class0.2%0.6%1.5%0.1%0.1%0.8%1.3%0.1%
Was Bored with or Uninterested in School0.2%1.7%1.4%1.5%0.5%1.7%3.1%2.3%
Was Suspended0.5%0.2%0.1%0.2%0.6%0.4%0.2%0.6%
Other Reason6.8%7.7%7.2%7.3%6.0%7.4%6.5%3.5%
Two or More Reasons20.0%23.8%38.8%28.8%13.9%12.5%21.3%19.3%