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

Year(s): 2013-2015

San Mateo CountyPercent
Reason7th Grade9th Grade11th GradeNon-Traditional7th Grade9th Grade11th GradeNon-Traditional
Didn’t Miss Any School40.1%35.9%28.5%S44.3%42.4%35.5%S
Illness (including respiratory and dental problems)30.9%26.2%23.0%S30.9%31.7%26.0%S
Felt Very Sad, Hopeless, Anxious, Stressed, or Angry1.3%1.3%0.9%S0.8%1.0%0.9%S
Didn’t Get Enough Sleep1.3%1.3%2.2%S1.4%1.5%2.4%S
Didn’t Feel Safe at School0.3%0.9%0.0%S0.5%0.2%0.1%S
Had to Work0.0%0.0%0.1%S0.2%0.2%0.1%S
Had to Care for or Help a Family Member or Friend1.2%0.4%0.2%S0.4%0.4%0.5%S
Wanted to Spend Time with Friends Not from School0.0%0.2%0.2%S0.2%0.0%0.5%S
Wanted to Use Alcohol or Drugs0.0%0.0%0.1%S0.1%0.2%0.4%S
Was Behind in Schoolwork or Unprepared for Class0.4%0.3%1.2%S0.2%0.2%1.6%S
Was Bored with or Uninterested in School0.4%0.5%0.7%S0.6%0.6%1.1%S
Was Suspended0.2%0.1%0.1%S0.3%0.4%0.2%S
Other Reason7.3%9.3%6.2%S7.8%7.2%7.1%S
Two or More Reasons16.5%23.7%36.5%S12.2%14.0%23.5%S