By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.

Read more Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school, or about 18 days in most school districts, negatively affects a student’s academic performance.

## How many days are you allowed to miss in a school year?

The average school year is 180 days. So, your child can only miss 18 days of school or 18 days of a specific class (or 9 days if they’re on a semester schedule) before the 90% rule affects their class credit.

## How many days can your child miss school?

Florida law requires schools to follow certain procedures when students miss school without a valid excuse: After each unexcused absence, the principal will contact the parent. After five unexcused absences in a month (or 10 within a 90-day period), the principal will refer the case to the school’s child study team.

## How many days can you miss in high school?

*42 hours of unexcused absence in one month This is approximately 7.5 days for an elementary student and 7 days for a middle school or high school student. *72 hours of unexcused absence in one year This is approximately 13 days for an elementary student and 11.5 days for a middle school or high school student.

## How many unexcused absences are allowed?

If your child has finished 6th grade and is not 17 years old yet, they are truant if they have: 7 unexcused absences from school in a row or. 10 unexcused absences from school in one school year. If your child misses 1⁄2 a day or more, and the school considers that a “day,” it will count toward the limit.