Absenteeism is Expensive: Do the Math

Approximately 1/5 of the population attends or works in schools. (U.S. Department of Education. National Center for Education Statistics. Digest of Education Statistics, 1999, NCES 2000-031, Washington, DC 2000.) When illness occurs, the cash register of “lost days and dollars” starts to ring!

Is teacher absenteeism keeping your budget in the red? Refer to the Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP! program materials for hands-on strategies that can help keep your students and teachers healthy.

Start now by encouraging teachers and school nurses to organize a clean hands team. Everyone can benefit by participating in fun hand cleaning activities.

Equip your teachers with the Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP! program materials.

Costs In Time and Money

Paying substitute teachers.

Re-teaching absent students.

Missing classes and extracurricular opportunities.

Worry, lost work days and additional health care expenses with an ill child at home.

Food Service
Decreased participation in school meals.