KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Right now, Kansas City kids are in their first month of school, and a new report said that time is crucial.
The nonprofit Attendance Works said chronic absenteeism is a national challenge. It found about one in five U.S. students miss 10 percent of school a year.
In Kansas that number is higher; 23 percent of students miss three or more days every week. In Missouri, it’s 19 percent.
The study indicated the first month is a good predictor of whether or not a student will be chronically absent. It also linked missing class to lower grades and graduation rates.
September is Attendance Awareness Month. On Wednesday, Mayor Sly James, along with other KC organizations, met to talk about how to keep kids in schools.
More than 100 colleges are coming to Kansas City. Next month representatives from colleges all over the country will be at the Kansas City Convention Center.
The fair is Sunday, October 5 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. and Monday, October 6 from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Students and parents can get information on financial aid, admissions and course offerings at the event.