San Luis Obispo County

State Truancy Numbers Spiked Last Year

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Kids in crisis, too many of them are skipping school, some of them as young as five.

As the state's top law enforcement officer, Attorney General, Kamala Harris said, "Last year alone in California we had 1 million elementary school students who were truant."

Harris is pushing a crack down, because what she found is how young some of the kids missing school can be.

Maggie White, with the Santa Maria-Bonita school district, said "We really do focus on attendance."

White says there should be no excuses for kids being chronically absent.

"A lot of our schools have reward an incentive programs," White said.

In Santa Barbara County, 14 percent of kids skipped school and it's up at 30 percent in San Luis Obispo county.

The proposed law would help school districts better track their students.

White said "Our attendance is close to 97 percent that's high especially when you consider we have 16 thousand students."

District up and down the coast may all be very different, but the goal is the same. The goal is to stop kids from skipping school and suffering long term negative effect.

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