Many families mistakenly think that it's okay to miss school if the absences are excused.
But missing school, no matter the reason, means that students are missing out on important classroom lessons.
And since what they learn tomorrow builds on what they learned today
, missing even one day can make it hard for students to catch up to their peers.
According to the Maryland Department of Education, students who miss more than 20 days in a school year (no matter the reason) are considered chronically absent and struggle to keep up in school. That means that students who miss as few as 5 days a quarter or 2 days a month are at risk of becoming chronically absent and must make every effort to come to school every day to make sure they stay on track.