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

Year(s): 2013-2015

San Diego CountyPercent
FemaleMale
Reason7th Grade9th Grade11th GradeNon-Traditional7th Grade9th Grade11th GradeNon-Traditional
Didn’t Miss Any School40.1%33.5%25.5%20.0%44.2%39.9%36.1%27.3%
Illness (including respiratory and dental problems)30.0%27.1%22.0%15.5%32.1%30.6%23.5%16.9%
Felt Very Sad, Hopeless, Anxious, Stressed, or Angry1.9%1.8%1.8%2.9%0.9%0.9%1.1%4.4%
Didn’t Get Enough Sleep0.9%1.7%2.4%8.2%1.3%2.0%3.0%8.7%
Didn’t Feel Safe at School0.3%0.2%0.3%0.2%0.2%0.3%0.4%0.5%
Had to Work0.0%0.1%0.1%1.0%0.1%0.2%0.4%5.5%
Had to Care for or Help a Family Member or Friend1.0%1.0%0.7%1.9%1.0%1.0%0.8%1.3%
Wanted to Spend Time with Friends Not from School0.1%0.2%0.4%0.6%0.2%0.3%0.6%2.2%
Wanted to Use Alcohol or Drugs0.2%0.2%0.0%1.7%0.1%0.3%0.5%0.7%
Was Behind in Schoolwork or Unprepared for Class0.3%0.4%1.6%0.8%0.2%0.4%1.2%0.8%
Was Bored with or Uninterested in School0.3%0.9%0.8%4.1%0.4%0.8%1.2%1.8%
Was Suspended0.2%0.2%0.0%0.7%0.6%0.5%0.2%2.5%
Other Reason8.1%7.3%6.3%6.1%8.0%7.6%6.6%7.3%
Two or More Reasons16.5%25.3%38.0%36.3%10.6%15.0%24.3%20.1%