Study: One in five Oregon students miss 10 percent of school days

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Recent school attendance numbers from across Oregon show that many districts struggle with chronic absences.

The state found that one in five Oregon children missed 10 percent of school days.

Roseburg school psychologist Karen O'Brien said their district's rates mirror the state issue, and educators plan to focus on improving attendance this year.

"When kids are going to be chronically tardy or absent that they are going to be getting phone calls from their teachers finding out why are they absent from school and how can we be helping the families to get their child or children to school," O'Brien.

The Roseburg School District is making September attendance awareness month to help students build healthy habits to start off the school year.