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

Year(s): 2013-2015

Santa Cruz CountyPercent
FemaleMale
Reason7th Grade9th Grade11th GradeNon-Traditional7th Grade9th Grade11th GradeNon-Traditional
Didn’t Miss Any School34.3%27.2%21.2%20.3%41.3%36.5%26.7%23.7%
Illness (including respiratory and dental problems)31.2%26.0%25.2%24.8%30.5%31.4%30.1%27.8%
Felt Very Sad, Hopeless, Anxious, Stressed, or Angry0.4%0.6%0.9%1.6%0.4%0.9%1.4%1.7%
Didn’t Get Enough Sleep0.9%0.1%1.0%1.1%0.7%1.2%1.9%5.2%
Didn’t Feel Safe at School0.1%0.0%0.0%0.9%0.1%0.1%0.3%0.0%
Had to Work0.1%0.0%0.0%0.2%0.2%0.2%0.3%3.1%
Had to Care for or Help a Family Member or Friend0.7%0.7%0.4%0.9%1.0%0.4%0.2%0.1%
Wanted to Spend Time with Friends Not from School0.6%0.4%0.3%0.9%0.5%0.9%2.0%0.7%
Wanted to Use Alcohol or Drugs0.2%0.1%0.0%0.2%0.1%0.2%0.1%0.1%
Was Behind in Schoolwork or Unprepared for Class0.0%0.2%1.1%0.0%0.1%0.1%0.9%0.0%
Was Bored with or Uninterested in School0.3%0.4%0.2%1.8%0.2%0.7%1.9%1.3%
Was Suspended0.3%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.5%0.1%0.0%0.3%
Other Reason10.1%8.1%5.4%1.8%9.4%7.9%6.4%3.2%
Two or More Reasons20.9%36.1%44.2%45.5%15.0%19.3%27.7%33.1%