OROVILLE, Calif. - The Oroville Union High School Superintendent said the number for those who are not attending school is concerning and the district is doing what they can to get students back in school.
The State Department of Education reports that 26% of students within this district are not coming to class. To give you perspective, Chico Enified School District's absentee rate is at nearly 9%.
Chronic absenteeism means a student isn't attending at least 10% of the school year.
Superintendent Corey Willenberg told us the absentee rates come from some students living as far as Concow or Berry Creek who have a hard time getting to school.
"I'm not surprised. I just feel like I've seen people in my high school career - I've seen people care less and less and think they can just procrastinate and stuff like that so I'm not very surprised," said senior, Jonathan Wood.
Willenberg said some students have anxiety and don't like coming to a big environment.
"It's all in the upbringing now too. Has a lot to do with the upbringing and like I said some of the kids don't care they don't have respect for the parents even if the parents get them up for school they don't go to school," said one grandmother of a student.
Willenberg said to tackle these absentee rates his district is sending school resource officers for more home visits and make the classrooms engaging so students can see the value in coming to school.
Oroville High School, Las Plumas High School, Prospect High School and Community Day School are within the Oroville Union High School District, equaling to about 2,200 students.
There are some areas of improvement at Oroville Union High. This year, more than 27% of students are ready to move on to college after graduation, that's up 3.3% from last year.