Missed School Days

Parents of school-aged children (aged 6-17 years) were asked how many days of school their children had missed because of illness or injury during the previous year. Overall, 6.2 percent of children were reported by parents to have missed 11 or more days of school.

Children with special health care needs (CSHCN), whose conditions may cause complications that require them to miss school, were more likely to miss large numbers of school days than children without special health care needs. Of school-aged CSHCN, 14.9 percent missed 11 or more days of school, compared to 3.5 percent of children without special health care needs.

Children in lower-income households miss more days of school than children from higher-income households. Among school-aged children with household incomes below the Federal poverty level (FPL), 8.2 percent missed 11 or more days of school, compared to 6.8 percent of children with household incomes between 100 and 199 percent of poverty. Children with household incomes of 400 percent or more of poverty were least likely to have missed 11 or more days of school (4.4 percent).