Student Attendance & Engagement

Student Attendance & Engagement


In Sacramento City Unified School District, more than 1 out of 10 students are chronically absent. A student is considered chronically absent if they miss two or more days of school, each month, for ANY reason. Missing school is a leading cause of poor academic performance and can prevent students from learning to read well. Reading is the most important predictor of future school and career success. By helping families understand the importance of not missing school, parents can take action to commit to helping their child attend school each day. SCUSD will be working together with schools, families and our community to improve attendance and support our students and families districtwide.

Why is good attendance so important?

  • Students suffer academically if they miss 10 percent or more of school days.
  • Studies show that children who miss too many days in kindergarten and 1st grade often have trouble mastering reading by the end of 3rd grade. Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves.
  • When children are absent, schools get fewer resources from the state, resulting in less funding to pay for teachers and books. Chronic absence in kindergarten predicts chronic absence the following year, so even the attendance patterns of our youngest students affect funding down the road.


For more information and resources about School Attendance and chronic absence visit Attendance Works

See last year’s attendance data in SCUSD.