Students are neglecting their school attendance

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Most students don’t seem to have perfect attendance.

According to, students with more than 20 absences per year have less than a 1 in 5 chance of graduating. Research shows that missing about 18 days negatively affects the students’ academic performance, that’s just two days a month. That’s known as chronic absence. According to, overall, almost 20% of students in high school are chronically absent. In a survey of 120 Morton East high school students only 23% currently have a perfect attendance so far this semester.

“I don’t have a perfect attendance because I either have important things to do that make me miss school or I had to take care of my little brother,” senior Fernanda Navarrete said.

Some students seem to overcome their difficulties to be in school and on time.

“I currently have a perfect attendance. I’m always here on time. It’s sometimes difficult in the morning to get up but I am always positive and arrive to school. It’s going to pay off in the long run,” senior Bianca Reyes said.

Unfortunately some students have unfair occurrences affecting their attendance.

“I sadly don’t have a perfect attendance. I occasionally have appalments that are excuse. I can’t really do anything about it. Though I did get marked absent in my supervision hour before. That’s really unfair. I had my ID scanned and everything,” sophomore Joselyn Flores said.

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