The Link Between School Attendance and Good Health

In a recent edition of PEDIATRICS, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Council on School Health members Mandy Allison and Elliott Attisha discussed The Link Between School Attendance and Good Health, explaining that:

“More than 6.5 million children in the United States, approximately 13% of all students, miss 15 or more days of school each year. The rates of chronic absenteeism vary between states, communities, and schools, with significant disparities based on income, race, and ethnicity. Chronic school absenteeism, starting as early as preschool and kindergarten, puts students at risk for poor school performance and school dropout, which in turn, put them at risk for unhealthy behaviors as adolescents and young adults as well as poor long-term health outcomes.”

CLICK HERE to learn more about chronic absenteeism, why it matters, what causes it, and what parents, teachers and pediatricians can do to help.


Allison MA, Attisha E, AAP COUNCIL ON SCHOOL HEALTH. The Link Between School Attendance and Good Health.Pediatrics. 2019;143(2):e20183648


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