1st: 4 absent for 85%
2nd: 8 absent for 71%
4th: 12 absent for 61%
5th: 12 absent for 60%
6th: 9 absent for 47%
With the exception of first period, that's not a normal day at the office. For a standard weekday that butts up against the weekend you might see 3-4 absences in each class with sixth period pushing more. But Thursday was an unusual day. Let's see what was going down on the sixteenth day of February, 2017.
-Field Trip to Universal Technical Institute in Sacramento.
I have some serious issues with private vocational schools that promise job positions, especially those that when you search for them it brings up quarterly revenue results for shareholders. This grabbed four kids.
-Long Term Vacation students.
If people are really serious about schools and formal education then parents might not want to pull kids out for multiple weeks for vacations. In the Fall, it's hunting. In December, it's Mexican families. In February, it's cruises/trips to the tropics. In the Spring it's college visitations and trips to Europe. This year I've had a dozen students do this and it's not yet March. This week there were four.
-Early four day weekenders.
We had Friday and Monday off for President's Day, thus making the weekend a full four days. It is not surprising in the slightest that some students left for the longer weekend. If you are somehow surprised by parents and students engaging in this behavior then you don't work in pubic education.
-That other thing. Wait, let me think......