Reasons for School Absence in Past Month, by Grade Level

Year(s): 2017-2019

San Mateo CountyPercent
Reason for AbsenceGrade 7Grade 9Grade 11Non-Traditional
Didn’t Miss Any School50.6%53.3%46.0%S
Illness (including respiratory and dental problems)22.9%22.2%20.3%S
Felt Very Sad, Hopeless, Anxious, Stressed, or Angry0.0%0.1%0.0%S
Didn’t Get Enough Sleep0.3%0.6%0.7%S
Didn’t Feel Safe at School0.8%0.6%1.0%S
Had to Work0.1%0.2%0.3%S
Had to Care for or Help a Family Member or Friend0.6%0.5%0.5%S
Wanted to Spend Time with Friends Not from School0.1%0.0%0.2%S
Wanted to Use Alcohol or Drugs0.1%0.1%0.1%S
Was Behind in Schoolwork or Unprepared for Class0.1%0.1%0.5%S
Was Bored with or Uninterested in School0.2%0.3%0.5%S
Was Suspended0.2%0.2%0.1%S
Other Reason10.5%8.3%7.7%S
Two or More Reasons13.6%13.5%22.2%S