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.) Illness can have a substantial impact not only on student achievement but also on a school's budget.

Through promoting hand hygiene and ensuring proper cleaning and disinfecting practices in schools, administrators can help ensure better health and education outcomes. Equip your teachers with the Healthy Schools, Healthy People program materials, including the new Commit to Clean toolkit.

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.