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

Year(s): 2013-2015

Los Angeles CountyPercent
FemaleMale
Reason7th Grade9th Grade11th GradeNon-Traditional7th Grade9th Grade11th GradeNon-Traditional
Didn’t Miss Any School41.2%34.4%27.1%17.9%44.7%42.1%37.8%25.7%
Illness (including respiratory and dental problems)29.7%27.8%24.0%25.8%31.0%28.7%23.8%22.6%
Felt Very Sad, Hopeless, Anxious, Stressed, or Angry1.9%2.6%2.1%3.8%1.0%1.3%1.6%3.9%
Didn’t Get Enough Sleep1.2%1.9%2.4%3.7%1.7%2.5%2.8%4.7%
Didn’t Feel Safe at School0.4%0.4%0.5%0.3%0.3%0.6%0.5%0.8%
Had to Work0.2%0.1%0.1%0.9%0.2%0.3%0.4%0.5%
Had to Care for or Help a Family Member or Friend1.3%1.2%1.2%3.5%1.3%1.5%1.0%2.3%
Wanted to Spend Time with Friends Not from School0.2%0.4%0.3%1.6%0.5%0.3%0.4%1.0%
Wanted to Use Alcohol or Drugs0.2%0.2%0.2%0.5%0.4%0.8%0.9%1.0%
Was Behind in Schoolwork or Unprepared for Class0.4%0.7%1.6%1.0%0.4%0.7%2.0%0.3%
Was Bored with or Uninterested in School0.4%1.3%1.2%1.7%0.5%1.4%1.7%5.7%
Was Suspended0.4%0.2%0.1%0.4%0.6%0.4%0.3%0.8%
Other Reason8.3%8.1%7.2%8.0%8.0%6.9%6.3%6.2%
Two or More Reasons14.3%20.8%31.9%30.9%9.3%12.7%20.5%24.6%