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

Year(s): 2013-2015

Orange CountyPercent
FemaleMale
Reason7th Grade9th Grade11th GradeNon-Traditional7th Grade9th Grade11th GradeNon-Traditional
Didn’t Miss Any School45.2%38.8%27.9%25.3%50.6%47.8%39.7%33.0%
Illness (including respiratory and dental problems)27.6%24.6%22.2%14.9%27.9%26.6%23.0%14.7%
Felt Very Sad, Hopeless, Anxious, Stressed, or Angry2.1%2.2%1.8%6.1%0.9%1.2%1.3%4.1%
Didn’t Get Enough Sleep1.2%1.9%2.3%2.8%1.5%1.7%2.5%6.2%
Didn’t Feel Safe at School0.4%0.3%0.2%0.6%0.4%0.4%0.4%0.8%
Had to Work0.1%0.1%0.2%1.5%0.2%0.3%0.3%2.9%
Had to Care for or Help a Family Member or Friend1.2%0.8%0.9%3.4%1.1%0.9%0.9%1.6%
Wanted to Spend Time with Friends Not from School0.3%0.4%0.3%1.3%0.4%0.4%0.4%1.6%
Wanted to Use Alcohol or Drugs0.1%0.3%0.1%1.1%0.2%0.5%0.5%2.2%
Was Behind in Schoolwork or Unprepared for Class0.4%0.8%1.5%1.9%0.2%0.7%1.6%0.8%
Was Bored with or Uninterested in School0.4%1.1%1.1%1.9%0.5%1.3%1.7%3.1%
Was Suspended0.3%0.1%0.1%0.9%0.5%0.4%0.2%0.6%
Other Reason7.9%6.7%6.4%7.8%7.6%6.4%6.2%8.2%
Two or More Reasons12.7%21.7%34.9%30.5%7.9%11.3%21.4%20.3%