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Teachable Moments: Absenteeism


For South Carolina Public Radio, I'm Dr. Rénard Harris from the College of Charleston. This is Teachable Moments, a minute of education for students and parents.

Since the pandemic, chronic absenteeism has skyrocketed across the country. According to recent data, an estimated 26% of public-school students were considered chronically absent, up from 15% before the pandemic.

A student is considered chronically absent when they miss at least 10% of school, which has a significant impact on grades.

Some schools have found success through outreach efforts such as sending text reminders to parents and caregivers and visiting homes to foster stronger school family connections. Regular attendance is critical, and students are more likely to show up when they feel a stronger connection to their school.

For the College of Charleston, I'm Dr. Rénard Harris.

Rénard Harris is an Associate Professor of Management in the School of Business at the College of Charleston (2022-present). He teaches courses in Leadership and courses in Managing Diversity. His leadership course focuses on the dynamics of effective leadership, positive influence, and clear vision. His Managing Diversity course focuses on exploring culture, experiences, and identity as asset and resource of those less heard and less seen.