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Teacher Chronic Absenteeism

(Ohio) – It’s not students with chronic absences that’s the buzz right now, but Ohio teachers!

Recent reports suggest almost 40,000 classroom teachers in the state, or 34 percent of the nearly 114,000 Ohio’s district and charter schools, missed at least 10 days of work to absenteeism in 2018. This is considered ‘chronic absenteeism.’

The report notes teachers missed an average of 13 days in addition to the 14 weeks or more each year they are on summer and holiday breaks.

While the Columbus area schools face high percentages of teachers absent from classrooms (Columbus City with 58.3 percent; Groveport Madison with 52.9 percent; Whitehall with 50.5 percent; and Upper Arlington with 49.6 percent), Tuscarawas County Schools scored better.

Newcomerstown was listed with the highest rate of teacher absenteeism, 46.23 percent. Followed by Claymont (40 percent); New Philadelphia (39.3 percent); Strasburg-Franklin (35.7 percent); Tuscarawas Valley (33.3 percent); Indian Valley (30.6 percent); Dover (28.8 percent); and Garaway (17.8 percent).

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The state’s report excluded data for ‘long-term leave’ of 15 or more consecutive days for illness, maternity and paternity leave, and other reasons. The Ohio Department of Education notes if those absences are included in the data, 37 percent of the state’s teachers were out 10 days or more with an average time missed of just less than three workweeks.

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